Just about every homeowner has a few essential tools on hand to deal with minor plumbing problems – for instance, usually a little elbow grease and a plunger for a clogged toilet or plugged drain do the trick.
However, many plumbing problems can only be resolved by a professional and trying to fix seemingly minor problems like slow drains or leaking toilets could lead to much bigger headaches in the future.
Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is critical to catching small problems while they’re still small. Hidden leaks under drains or below toilets can cause damage to your home and water that seeps into walls or floors can also contribute to mold growth. Materials such as tile or wood flooring can also discolour or warp when subjected to water for even a short period of time.
What should you inspect and watch out for?
- Begin by going through your home to check all exposed pipes, including those under sinks and behind toilet tanks, for any signs of moisture.
- Turn on water faucets in sinks, showers and tubs to monitor water pressure. Pressure at each fixture will likely vary but all should have a steady flow.
- You should also monitor how quickly water drains in sinks and tubs – slow drainage could be a tell-tale sign of bigger issues.
- Finally, flush all toilets to determine if they run or have a leak around the base – another important indicator.
Even the most thorough plumbing inspection won’t prevent the occasional clog or leak, especially in older homes. But the good news is that many of these common issues have straightforward solutions. If you suspect there’s a plumbing problem or just aren’t sure if you’re at risk, always seek the assistance of a qualified professional.
For a quick diagnosis of your issue, call 1-844-682-9009 or click here to learn more about a Plumbing Protection Plan from Reliance.
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