A burst pipe spraying water onto a city street

Modern life is fast, and we sometimes go through the day in such a rush that it’s easy to miss what’s going on in our surroundings. Everyone has a litany of necessary things they need accomplish on a daily basis, from making dinner for the family to dropping the kids off at school. When was the last time you changed the filter on that air purifier, or refilled the bird feeder in the backyard? When we notice something out of the ordinary going on in our home that needs scrutiny, we often set it aside for something more imperative going on at the same time.

When it comes to plumbing problems, it’s worth being assertive. Ignoring something like a leaky faucet or a running toilet can lead to a financial headache later down the line. With that in mind, Robins Plumbing, Inc. would like to present a list of potential issues that you should always pay extra attention to.

Wet Spots

Ignore a wet spot on the carpet at your peril. A wet spot on a wall, ceiling, or floor can indicate a broken pipe in the vicinity, therefore it’s imperative that you resolve it as quickly as possible. Most people won’t be inclined to start tearing things apart in order to find the source of a wet spot, so calling a plumber is the most logical move in such cases. A licensed plumber can use various methods to track down the source and take steps to fix it, all with minimal damage to your house.

Dripping faucets

A dripping faucet can be a lot harder to ignore than other plumbing issues, especially when you’re trying to sleep at night and the constant drip, drip, drip in your bathroom sink is keeping you awake!

Water in your pipes is pressurized, and a dripping faucet can indicate the washers that normally stop the water from moving freely have worn down or broken. Depending on the setup you have in your sink, these washers can be made of rubber or silicone, or they may actually be ceramic plates that seal together to stop any water from escaping. Rubber and silicone seals are generally easy enough to replace by a homeowner, but ceramic plates are a different matter. Regardless, fixing a faucet drip can turn into a major project for a do-it-yourselfer, so it’s advisable to contact a plumber to do the work.

Low Water Pressure

If the water in your shower or sink doesn’t come out forcefully enough, you may have a problem with low water pressure. This can be caused by any number of issues including clogs, leaks, or improperly installed pipes. Sometimes it’s caused by issues on the supply-side of your plumbing, like water being cut off at the source or bursting city pipes. In any case, you’ll want to hire a plumber to look at it as low water pressure can be a symptom of a much larger problem.

Water Running When No One Is Using It

If you are constantly hearing water running through your pipes when nobody in the house is using it, that could mean a leak. Hearing water running “in the walls” can often be coupled with a wet spot somewhere in your house, which just makes it that much easier to notice. You’ll want to contact a plumber as soon as possible in order to track down the leak and get it fixed.

Gurgling Toilets And Clanging Pipes

Does your toilet gurgle when you flush it? If so, this could indicate a clogged pipe or compromised drain. Try using a plunger on it before anything else, but if that fails you’re probably looking at a dilemma that can only be handled correctly by a professional.

Clanking pipes can be another indicator of a bigger issue. Usually, this noise is caused by variances in the water pressure going through the pipes; this can usually be fixed by simply turning off the main supply valve in your residence, then “cleaning” the lines by opening all the faucets in the house and flushing the toilets. If that doesn’t work, you may be looking at frozen or broken pipes. Call a plumber just to make sure.

Clogged Drains

A clogged drain can be caused by hair clumps, soap accumulation, or foreign objects. In a worst-case scenario, it could mean broken pipes or tree roots have made their way into your sewer pipes deep underground. For the previous examples, a fix can be as simple as opening the drain grill and removing the offending materials with your fingers. For the latter, you’ll need to contact a professional and have them run a sewer inspection camera through your pipes to verify what’s going on.

For more on clogged drains and what causes them, see our wonderful blog on the topic.

Weird Smells

You come home from a long day at work, only to be greeted by the smell of sewage or rotten eggs permeating throughout your entire house. If it’s not the kitchen trash, it could be the pipes under your floor!

This is something you’ll want to have a plumber take care of immediately, because it can indicate broken sewer lines which can lead to extensive damage to your home’s foundation and the surrounding area. Don’t sit on this one.

No Hot Water

No hot shower this morning? Trust us, it wasn’t the kids using it all up, it was probably your hot water heater going bunk. Hot water heaters can break down for any number of reasons, ranging from rusted parts to minor defects to age. As water heaters rely on sensitive gas and electric systems, do not attempt to repair one yourself — doing so could result in severe injury to yourself or damage to your home.

Discolored Water

Discolored water coming out of your pipes can mean several things. Blue or green-tinted water can indicate that the copper pipes in your home are corroding. Brownish coloring may mean an overabundance of iron in your water or a mechanical failure in your water heater. Whatever unusual color your tap water is, have a plumber take a look at it.

A Running Toilet

Is your toilet running? Well, you better go catch it! All joking aside, if you are constantly having to jiggle the handle on your toilet to get the water to stop flowing after a flush, the toilet probably has some internal parts that are not working at full efficiency. A flapper valve is a device in the tank that controls the flow of water into the toilet bowl; if this is broken or not adjusted correctly, it won’t stop the water from collecting in the bowl. A toilet repair kit will usually fix this quite easily.

However, a running toilet could mean something else, like sediment collecting in the tank or a silent leak. If you can’t solve the problem with a repair kit, it may be time to call an expert. 

Robins Plumbing Can Help You With These Problems

If you need help from a professional, look no further! Robins Plumbing, Inc. can help you with any of the items listed above. With fifteen years in the business behind our company, we can resolve any plumbing-related issue with professionalism and courtesy. In addition to general plumbing emergencies, we can also help you with commercial and residential gas line installation, backflow prevention, and restoration issues.

Contact Robins Plumbing Inc. today!