Brownish stains on your ceiling can indicate a plumbing leak if there is a bathroom located above it.

As a homeowner, it can be particularly tricky to tell if your plumbing needs work because it’s a system that mostly remains hidden from plain sight. There are, however, some telltale, though often subtle, signs that your plumbing will give you when it needs a little tender loving care.

Here are some of the common symptoms to tell if your pipes are bad somewhere in the depths of your plumbing system:


  • Sign #1: Odd sounds coming from the faucets. Have you ever turned on your faucet only to hear an alarming sound?  Any sound from your pipes usually indicates air in them, which means something is up with your bleed-off system.
  • Sign #2: Low water pressure. This is a very common issue, especially in older homes. Unfortunately, it can be caused by several problems and can be a bit tricky to find the root cause. Typically, low water pressure is the product of a leak in your system, a clog somewhere in your pipes (possibly in multiple places), or poorly sized pipes that fail to provide water pressure.
  • Sign #3: Unpleasant smells coming from the drains. There are a few different reasons for nasty aromas emanating from your plumbing. If the smell is just in your kitchen sink, it could be that scraps of food are building up in the drainpipe and decaying. If you smell rotten eggs, it’s possible that you have a blocked drain vent that is allowing sewer gas to back up into your pipes and enter your home. If you notice a smell coming from all of your drains and experience frequent clogging, your sewer line could be damaged. Although these problems do vary in severity, a Green Apple professional plumber must be called in to figure out exactly what is going on.
  • Sign #4: Sluggish drains. We all have slow drains from time to time. More often than not, slow drains indicate a blockage in the pipes. Drain clearing is one of the only things we suggest people try to troubleshoot themselves, using a power drain clearing solution or a drain snake to clear things away. If, however, you’ve tried either approach a few times and your drains still don’t seem to be working, call in a Green Apple professional. Something else could be going on that is likely too difficult to deal with yourself.
  • Sign #5: Stains or damaged walls. Brownish stains on your ceiling can indicate a plumbing leak if there is a bathroom located above it. Also, stained or warped walls and floors could be a sign of a leaking pipe and accumulating water.

If you notice any of these problems in your home, do yourself a favor and contact Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical as soon as possible so that they can diagnose and fix the issue. Though you may be tempted to try and fix things yourself, we strongly caution against it. Speaking from experience, when homeowners try and deal with plumbing issues on their own, they often end up causing more damage than there was to begin with. In the long run, it ends up costing them more to have a plumber come in and fix the original problem and their mistakes.

Green Apple Plumbing and Mechanical 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 today toll-free at 888-315-5564

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