Water supply is among one of the most basic needs in a home and when something hinders that, our regular lives are unpleasantly and unavoidably disturbed. While those of us that are handy with tools can take care of a few small problems on their own, there will inevitably be times when you will need to call in a professional. Just in case you are considering whether or not your current plumbing predicament qualifies for a call to a plumber, take a look at the six points below to know for sure.
If you hear knocking in your pipes while you have the sink or the shower running, it’s almost always a cause for concern. This is quite a common occurrence, but depending on the particular case, the causes may differ. Some of the causes are as stated below.
- There could be loose valves
- A few of the support straps might have come off
- Very high (>60psi) water pressure might be causing the pipes to vibrate and jerk
- High water pressure may have already bent a few pipes, or they may have come off their mountings
- All of these are causes for concern and will get even worse with time, unless you call your local plumber to get the problem fixed.
Incessant dripping is a common problem in a lot of houses that people often end up ignoring until they can’t anymore. In truth, not only is it a complete waste of water, it may also be indicative of other underlying problems. General causes of continuous dripping from faucets and showers are as follows:
- The water pressure is too high
- Poor drainage of straggling water, post turning off of the water outlet
- The on/off valve might be malfunctioning and letting water out even when it shouldn’t
Keep in mind that while the other reasons are equally annoying, a very high water pressure could eventually wreak havoc on your plumbing system if left.
Water is not supposed to have any colour, and if it does when you turn on the faucet or the shower, it is indicative of a serious plumbing issue. The colours brown, red and yellow are generally suggestive of rusty pipes or excess minerals in your water supply at times. Green on the other hand clearly indicates that you have copper pipes that have started to corrode and water will eventually turn blue when the corrosion reaches latter stages. Finally, a cloudy, whitish tone indicates that air is getting into the plumbing somehow.
Keep in mind that apart from the whitish, cloudy texture, all other colours will only be visible for a little while once you turn on an outlet for the first time, but the problem will only get worse until you get it checked out and fixed by a professional plumbing service. If the problem does worsen, there are emergency plumbers you can contact who offer 24 hours services. An example of this can be seen through the Bristol plumber company Plumbing Care Services who aim to be with you within 1 hour of you alerting them to the issue. If you’re outside of Bristol, a quick online search will reveal any emergency plumbers near you.
Low Water Pressure
It never feels right to turn on a shower and see a trickle seep out of it even in full blast, but that’s what can happen if the water pressure isn’t high enough. If the problem has to do with a clogged shower head or faucet, an old trick is to tie a small plastic bag full of vinegar around the jammed fixture for a few hours. If that doesn’t work, the problem is much more serious and you will need the help of professionals to solve it. Common causes for water outlets with low water pressure may include the following:
- Clogged pipes
- Leaking/busted pipes
- Broken water regulator
- Malfunctioning water valves
In some cases, where the house is located uphill or too far away from the public water supply, nothing short of a booster pump installed by your local plumber can alleviate the situation.
Slow water drainage doesn’t necessarily require calling out a plumber, unless you have already tried a few things on your own to solve the problem. It’s usually a case of clogged drainage and clearing it up might be possible by pouring boiling water, using industrial cleaners and a pipe snake. However, in case this doesn’t solve the issue, it possibly means that there is likely a broken pipe somewhere. Also, there are chances that dirty water is pooling in the main drain and that can lead to mould inside your walls!
If the pipes begin to freeze, you’ll want to call a plumber as soon as possible because frozen pipes are brittle structures waiting to crack at the slightest provocation or sudden rise in water pressure. Thawing the pipes is not something that you should try to do on your own unless you really know what you are doing.
If you can relate to even one of the signs mentioned here, it’s probably time to put in a call in to your local plumber. In case you are seeing multiple of these signs, however, it’s probably a plumbing disaster waiting to happen!