It can be difficult to keep your plumbing system in proper shape much of the time, since most of the system is hidden from view. Most of the issues that can afflict a plumbing system are quite subtle, as well, making it even more difficult to be able to tell when your system is in need of repairs. If you know what to look for, though, you can identify signs that it’s time for a professional inspection. Have a look at some of the more common signs that you need to schedule pipe inspection services.
Dropping Water Pressure
One of the more common signs that something is wrong with your plumbing system. Dropping water pressure could indicate that you have a leak or blockage in your plumbing. You’ll need to have a professional plumber examine the system to find out for certain. Dropping water pressure throughout the entire house should be especially troubling, as it indicates a problem with the water line.
Unusually High Monthly Water Bills
You should always be keeping an eye on your monthly water bills, just in case they start to rise unexpectedly. If your monthly water bills are higher than they should be, it might mean that you have water still leaving the system. You can confirm this by turning off all plumbing appliances in the house, and then having a look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, you probably have a leak in the system. Pipe inspection is the only way to determine exactly where the leak is located.
Obvious Water Damage
If you have something like a pinhole leak in your home’s plumbing system, the first warning sign you’re likely to notice is spreading water damage on your wall, floor, or ceiling. Leaks that small are not large enough to cause any other warning signs. The only way to catch them is either during a pipe inspection appointment, or by seeing the damage the leak can cause. If you see any obvious water damage that appears to be originating from inside your walls, or under your floor, you should definitely call a professional as soon as possible. Waiting will only give the leak more opportunity to cause damage.
It’s Been Longer Than 3 Years
Plumbing systems tend not to develop issues as frequently as HVAC systems, and as such they don’t need maintenance quite as often. If it’s been a few years since you last had your plumbing system inspected, though, it’s a good idea to schedule a pipe inspection appointment just to be safe. As we mentioned above, many issues that can develop with your plumbing system will not show obvious signs. You have a greater chance of catching issues if you have a professional examine your system every few years, just to be safe.
Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers a full range of video pipe inspection services throughout Hyattsville, MD. If you need plumbing inspection services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.