Plumbing problems about in systems across the country, whether due to the individual conditions in the home, random chance, wear and tear, or otherwise. Despite the frequency with which plumbing problems occur, though, people very often fail to realize that their plumbing system is having a problem when it first occurs.
Most plumbing issues occur pretty subtly, and only become recognizable when they’ve had a long time to develop. Even so, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs that your plumbing system is in trouble. Have a look at some of the plumbing problems below, and the signs that might indicate that one is present in your home.
No discussion of this topic would be complete without bringing up leaks. Leaks are by far the most common plumbing issue to occur in systems across the country. They can happen due to a number of reasons, but in Florida the most common cause is corrosion. Copper pipes have been the standard for plumbing systems for the past 60 years or so, due to their resistance to rust and other issues that plagued the previous standard of iron pipes. Corrosion is still an issue for copper piping though.
You’re going to want to keep an eye on your monthly water bills. If they show a sudden spike, or even a steady upward trend that isn’t explained by your water habits, you might have a moderate or large leak somewhere in the system. The same is true for water pressure. If your water pressure starts to drop, it might mean that you have a leak. Visible water damage, obviously, should be examined as quickly as possible.
Another common problem in many places is limescale. Limescale is a kind of mineral deposit that results from long-term exposure to hard water, which is just water with high levels of calcium and magnesium in it. While limescale is not a health threat, it will slowly restrict the flow of water through the plumbing system the more it builds up. What’s worse, if the issue isn’t discovered in time the scale will harden and become nearly impossible to remove without replacing the entire pipe.
The best way to tell if you need limescale remediation without a professional inspection is to look in your sinks, bathtub, and other areas that are frequently exposed to water from your pipes. If you see a white, chalky sort of film in those areas, that’s lime scale. You need to talk to a professional plumber about what to do for it at that point.
These are just two of the most common plumbing issues that might affect your system. The best way to make sure that no others sneak up on you is to schedule inspections every year or two, and to call for repairs as soon as you suspect that something is wrong.