As with so many things concerning home ownership, preventing problems before they arise can often save you a lot of time and money. If you'd like to avoid potentially devastating plumbing issues, looking out for the following warning signs and hiring a plumbing service can be a great way to prevent future headaches.
Pipes Knocking - But Not to Say Hello
"Knocking" pipes is easily one of the most frequently ignored plumbing problems - it's also one of the most easily repaired. The knocking sound you may be hearing in your pipes could be related to over pressurization or loose valves. These problems, if left unchecked, can lead to leaks or worse - the pipes breaking free from their mountings entirely. A plumber can identify the problem before it becomes worse.
Water Which Rapidly Cools or Won't Get Completely Hot
If you're experiencing water from either your faucet or your shower which doesn't appear to stay hot for very long, or never quite goes above a "warm-but-not-hot" temperature, there may be a problem with your water heater. A plumbing service can determine what the cause is, and potentially conduct any repairs before they become larger, more expensive problems.
The water which exits your pipes should always be clean and clear. Discolored water doesn't necessarily mean brown or reddish water - this usually means rust has found its way into your pipes - but it might even just appear as white or cloudy. This usually means that there's air in the pipes, which could be caused by a leak. If your water has recently begun appearing as anything but totally clean and clear, a plumbing company can help you resolve the issue before it gets worse.
Low Pressure Anywhere
Low or lowered water pressure is one of those plumbing issues which tends to "creep up" on homeowners. Pressure can decrease slowly over time - if your pressure doesn't quite seem to be what it used to be, or if you get inconsistent water pressure coming from the shower head or the faucet, it's possible you may have a clogged pipe. You may be able to resolve this with household clog remover, however if the low pressure is caused by a leaking or broken pipe, you'll want the assistance of a professional plumber.
Drains Not Doing Their Jobs
Drain cleaners, a pipe snake, or very hot (near boiling) water can usually resolve most slow drainage issues. However, if your drains aren't working properly and you're noticing a buildup of water while using the sink or shower, it's possible water has pooled and become lodged in your main drainage pipe. This is the kind of problem which a plumbing service can help you resolve - and it's important to have it looked into, since standing water or mold caused by leaking pipes can cause health issues.