It can sometimes be hard to tell if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most people don’t think very much about their plumbing system at all, provided that the pipes continue to work for them the way it always does. Out of sight, out of mind—right? Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to deal with plumbing issues.
At some time or another, your plumbing system is likely to develop a problem of some sort. When this occurs, it’s important that you be able to address it quickly, so you can prevent most of the damage. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs that your system is in trouble and it’s time to call a Glenview, IL plumber.
A Decline in Water Pressure
A drop in water pressure is one of the more apparent signs that your plumbing system isn’t operating as it should be. It’s usually caused by one of two possible things—a leak, or a clog. The more severe the leak or clog, then the more water pressure you’ll lose.
Steady water pressure loss over time means you have an issue that’s gradually progressing. This is likely a small pinhole leak or lime scale buildup. Sudden water pressure loss, though, often means that you have a pipe rupture, which should be dealt with right away. Regardless, you should never ignore this symptom in your plumbing system. Give our professionals a call as soon as you notice this sign.
A Spike in Your Monthly Water Bills
Water bills are of course going to fluctuate throughout the year. But if you notice your water bills rising from month to month, even if you aren’t using that much more water, you likely want to have a professional plumber take a look. Unusually high monthly water bills might mean that water is leaving your plumbing system through a leak, which is still being counted as water usage and contributing to the higher bills you’re seeing.
One way to make sure that this is the source of the problem is to turn off all the plumbing appliances throughout your home, and then look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, then you probably have a leak somewhere in the system. You’ll want to have a professional plumber take a look to determine exactly where the leak is and how severe it is.
This is a “worst case scenario” type of situation, but it bears mentioning. Like we said, sometimes water damage is the first sign that homeowners even notice that they have a plumbing problem. This is often the case with pinhole leaks, which are too small to cause immediate damage but can and will eventually start rotting out the property surrounding it.
If you see water damage on your walls, floor, or ceiling, we urge you to call for repairs right away. Visible water damage often indicates much more extensive damage underneath. A plumber will be able to patch the leak causing the damage.
For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!