Plumbing issues at home are simple to fix or disruptive and costly, and it can be hard for the average homeowner to determine the difference between the two. Often, plumbing problems go unnoticed until there’s obvious damage. Here is a list of 6 signs of plumbing issues at home.

Bad Odors are Signs of Plumbing Issues

This is probably the most obvious indication of plumbing issues at home. If you begin to smell bad odors coming from the toilets, sinks, faucets, or the water supply system, call a plumber. Bad odors typically mean that you have a broken or clogged vent pipe. In some cases, the p-trap may have dried up, which is a simple fix.

Low Water Pressure

Although common in old houses, this plumbing problem also happens in new homes. In most cases, low water pressure occurs due to leaks, clogs, and mineral build-up in pipes. Call your plumber to inspect the cause of low water pressure and have it fixed immediately.

Slow Drainage

Slow drains are a clear sign that you have plumbing issues. Normally, slow drains in your sinks, floor drains, bathtub, and shower area mean there are clogs from waste, food, oil, or hair build-up.

While certain DIY measures might promise to solve the problem, it’s better to hire a professional plumber to inspect the situation and offer the most reliable and long-lasting solution.

Frequent Leaks

Leaks and drips from your bathroom faucet, toilet, or kitchen sinks, are clear signs that you have plumbing issues at home. While small leaks and drips may just require tightening of plumbing fittings, some are too complicated for quick fixes.

If you notice frequent leaks, whether it is a puddle of water by a pipe or a dripping faucet, it’s time to get an expert opinion.

High Water Bills are Signs of Plumbing Issues

If your recent water bills are higher than normal and you can’t explain why, you may be dealing with a major leak in your plumbing system. Toilets are one of the most common culprits for leaks. Test if your toilet is leaking by dropping food coloring in the tank. Wait for 30 minutes and then check to see if the color has leaked into the toilet bowl.

Unexplained Wet Patches and Peeling Paint

Another sign that you have plumbing issues at home is unexplained stains, wet patches, and peeling paint on your walls and ceiling. Water leaks in pipes behind the walls and ceilings can cause mold growth and structural damage if left untreated.

Before replacing the affected ceiling and drywall, call in a plumber to repair the leaks and prevent future problems.

Precision Home Inspectors serves Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas in Virginia with home inspections and water testing. Contact us to book an appointment.