In the grand scheme of home maintenance and repairs, plumbing is one of the trickiest to track. Since you often can’t inspect your pipes and other water maintenance features, homeowners are rarely aware of deteriorating conditions until it’s too late. More often than not, the most common plumbing issue that people run into is a damaging leak. According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the average American home loses between 2,000 and 20,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks. While some can be spotted-think dripping faucets and loose water heater piping-others might occur behind walls, beneath floors, inside appliances or in the foundation of your home.
One warning sign that your home may have an unseen leak is actually found in your water bill. Water could be slowly leaking out of a faulty pipe, not only costing you on your monthly utility bills but possibly costing you even more in repairs later. An unusually high water bill is just one sign that it might be time to call a plumber. The untrained eye might breeze over visual signs of leaks in the home, but there are also a few auditory cues that piping may need repairs, too. Here, certified home and plumbing professionals to help us share the surprising signs that you may be experiencing a leak at home.
1. DRIPPING FAUCET
While in most cases you may be able to easily tighten a leaky faucet, not all faucets are quick fixes. A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons in one year—the equivalent of 174 showers. It’ll likely cost you much more to let the faucet leak than it would to call a plumber.
2. POOR/INCONSISTENT WATER PRESSURE
Whether it’s poor water pressure from a single faucet or a common issue across your entire home, it’s best to call a Green Apple plumber if you’re having water pressure issues. While it may be as simple as cleaning out a single fixture or unclogging a pipe, there may be bigger issues with your water supply that need to be resolved.
3. FROZEN PIPES
Trying to thaw frozen pipes on your own could result in cracked pipes or even worse, full bursts. To save yourself from a huge mess, call a water damage restoration specialist.
4. WATER HEATER ISSUES
If your water isn’t getting hot enough or water temperature is inconsistent, it’s likely you have water heater issues that need to be looked at by a professional. If your water heater isn’t getting hot enough, it can become a cesspool for bacteria. And nobody likes sudden bursts of scalding water in the shower. Tinkering with a flammable, pressurized water heater on your own can be dangerous so leave it to the pros.
5. HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS
If you’re doing home renovations that involve plumbing in any way, it’s best to seek out the services of a plumber. They can ensure that all proper permits have been acquired and that all work is up to code.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call us toll-free at 888-315-5564