South Floridians can anticipate plumbing issues particularly after the rainy season, which can affect proper drainage and function of your system. We’ll discuss what silent signs to look for that could indicate your home has major plumbing problems. Licensed and state-certified, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been a family owned and operated business serving South Florida residents since 1983.
One sign of a major plumbing problem is a sulfur-like odor coming from sink or tub drains which can be an indicator of backed-up or clogged pipes. Every drain in your home should have a trap installed and a vent at each to release odor through the roof. A maintenance inspection checks that drains, traps, and vents are functioning properly. If a problem is found this can save you costly plumbing repair later.
Another cause of sewer odor can also indicate that sewer gas is seeping into your home. At the time of inspection, have your technician check that the sewer main line is also working properly.
To pinpoint the source of sewer odor, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric uses a diagnostic smoke test by forcing safe, non-toxic artificial smoke through drain and waste pipes. Your technician looks for those spots where plumes collect above ground at defect points. The benefit of a smoke test is that it can identify where water and gases exit, but also where high inflow and excessive rainwater enter a line.
Another silent sign of plumbing problems is a sudden spike in your water bill. Damaged pipes and running toilets can be indicators of a system leak which can cause an increase in your water utility bill. Also, if you find water discoloration at sinks and fixtures, that’s another silent sign that there’s an underlying problem with the plumbing.
If you notice wall and ceiling areas where there is paint chipping, peeling, or bubbling these may be signs of a plumbing or roof leak as the source cause.
If you experience slow drainage at sinks and large appliances these are indicators there’s a back-up or clog. Slow drainage can also be a combination of factors including the accumulation of debris, corrosion of the piping, and wear and tear over time.
Drainage issues also occur at the kitchen sink causing back-up to the plumbing system. If you have a defective garbage disposal and the plug to shut it down was not correctly installed, this can cause the disposal unit to not function properly and impact your drainage system. After a heavy seasonal storm, debris blockage or damage at the sewer main could also affect drainage.
If you notice a change in water pressure at faucets and fixtures, this can be another sign of a plumbing problem. One test you can do on your own is to turn off the water at all appliances that use water. Record your meter and wait 2 – 3 hours and check the meter again. If the meter indicator has changed that’s a sign, there’s a leak in your plumbing system. It’s time to call a plumber from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to run a diagnostic check and repair.
Another cause of low water pressure is debris build-up and blockage in your pipeline. Calcium and mineral deposits can also affect adequate drainage. A technician can easily remedy blockage points by using Bio-Clean, a non-toxic compound of living enzyme bacteria that eats debris and material clogging your pipes.
Pro Tip! Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric recommends you schedule a routine inspection and maintenance before and after the rainy season.
If you’re having trouble with your plumbing, it’s time to call a professional. Plumbing problems can escalate quickly. To schedule an inspection of your pipes, contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today at 1-800-475-1504!
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