Every household should make an effort to keep their plumbing system in good shape and running smoothly. One way to do this is by noticing signs of plumbing problems and taking action before they get worse. Here are 6 signs that you may need a plumber.

Signs of Plumbing Problems Include Sounds of Running Water

When your plumbing isn’t in use, it should be quiet. One of the more common signs of plumbing problems is the sound of running water coming from your toilet. A running toilet wastes a lot of water, but it’s often an easy DIY fix. Check out how to fix a running toilet here.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can happen for a few different reasons. If you are experiencing low water pressure throughout the house, the first thing you should do is check the pressure valve. If that is not the reason for low water pressure, it could mean you have a root growing into a plumbing pipe or something else causing a leak. Call a plumber if you notice this issue.

Slow Drainage

If you are noticing slow drainage throughout your house, this is a more serious sign of plumbing problems than if in just one drain. If it is just one drain, try using a drain snake to clear the clog and resolve the issue. To prevent drains from getting clogged with hair, soap, and food, install mesh drain hair catchers in showers and strainers in kitchen sinks.

Sewage Odors are Signs of Plumbing Problems

If you smell a sewage odor and you can’t tell where it is coming from, this is another of the signs of plumbing problems. The main stack vents are meant to remove sewage gas, but if there is a blockage you will end up smelling it. A sewage odor in and around your home usually means that you have a blocked sewer vent and you need to call a plumber.

Water Stains

Water stains on your ceiling usually signify a roof leak, but if you have a multi-level house, they could also be signs of plumbing problems. Water stains on drywall likely mean that a pipe is leaking or has burst behind the wall. Don’t ignore signs of water damage like brown stains, peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper, or warped surfaces.

Elevated Water Bill

One of the signs of plumbing problems that is easy to detect is a higher than normal water bill. If your water bill is significantly higher than usual and there is no obvious reason, it may mean that you are losing water through a leak. Here is one way to check if your water meter is running when you aren’t using any water.

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