It is tempting for homeowners to fix clog-related problems with liquid drain cleaner, but that’s usually only a temporary fix that might damage your plumbing system.


In this article, we will discuss why you should consider a yearly plumbing inspection. After all, plumbing issues are often only discovered after something breaks, but your system might likely have been trying to alert you to the trouble. To help you avoid more extensive repairs, here are a few often overlooked signs that your plumbing system needs immediate attention.

 A Drop in Water Pressure

If the plumbing’s water pressure drops suddenly, that’s usually because of an issue with the main water line. It may be a failure somewhere inside the main line to your home or a pipe within it.

However, if the pressure drop is isolated somewhere, like the bathroom or kitchen, it may be a fixture problem. It could be a simple fix, like replacing your faucet aerator or addressing a water heater issue. Or it could be something a little more complex, like a supply line leading to that room.

We always tell people to keep an eye on their water bill too. If the pressure drop comes at a time when you’re also faced with a higher bill, there might be a deeper problem. “It’s helpful to check your water meter to see if it’s running even when no appliances are turned on. That’s another sign there’s a leak somewhere.”

Occasionally a sudden problem with your water pressure starts at the municipal supply in these cases, that is easily fixed by a booster pump.

 A “Sewer” Smell in the Home

“While a clog in a plumbing fixture like your sink can sometimes lead to unpleasant odors because of debris, a persistent rotten egg smell suggests a more serious issue. Drains have a trap and vent inside them and either one can clog. If the smell never goes away, you could be dealing with a clogged sewer line or even a sewer gas leak Identifying and addressing these problems is usually best handled by the professionals at Green Apple Mechanical NJ.

Be aware that while propane and natural gas have a distinctive smell, they are frequently mistaken as sewer smells. When in doubt, consult with a Green Apple Mechanical professional.

 Discoloration in the Pipes

Visible wear and discoloration on exposed pipes are other signs that can be easy to overlook. If you’re in the basement or near exposed piping, it’s smart to examine exposed pipes. Noticeable wear and discoloration usually indicate an impending leak.

Most discoloration happens in an area of the plumbing where two pieces of piping meet. Ignoring such discoloration is risky when it comes to the main water supply because they are pressurized. When the pipe breaks, it can start flooding your home very quickly.

Depending on the type of pipe you’re looking at, discoloration is caused by different chemicals municipalities use to sanitize and treat the water.

 Slow Draining Fixtures

It is tempting for homeowners to fix clog-related problems with liquid drain cleaner, but that’s usually only a temporary fix that might damage your plumbing system. Even if we’ve all heard of hair clogs, hair is not the culprit. Items such as chemical cleaners, toothpaste, hand soaps, and even the oil produced in our skin create a layer of scum on the drain walls that catches hair and other debris, which most liquid drain cleaners won’t eliminate. The use of a drain machine or snake is the most effective method to clear out this type of obstruction. If there is considerable debris inside the pipes below the sink, clearing it out usually solves the problem. But when this doesn’t work, it could mean you need to look for a more significant issue.

You want to monitor if multiple drains are experiencing blockages, and the problem doesn’t clear up despite cleaning the drain under those sinks. The sewer line may also need some cleaning in some cases, the issue comes from tree roots that reach and crack a sewer line. Handling this kind of situation is more involved and requires trenching down where the leak is to repair it.

 Standing Water in the Yard

Regularly inspect your house, including your yard. It’s a good idea to do so every week. Often, a broken underground water or irrigation line leak, or even a sewer main line presents itself gradually, when lots of water has already leaked underground. Look for soft, sunken spots in the grass as these could be a sign there’s a hidden issue.

You also want to be vigilant for things including sudden green patches in typically dry or yellow areas of the lawn. Sometimes, that’s a sign there is a problem a trained plumber can solve. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call us today toll-free at 888-315-5564

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