Ideally, you should call your plumber annually to make sure that your water pipes and the entire plumbing system and fixtures are in the best shape. However, if you notice any of these signs, consider them as red flags and call the plumber immediately.
1) Frozen Pipes
Winter is almost getting over in Edmonton, and this plumbing problem will be commonly seen now. The extreme cold temperatures force water inside your plumbing pipes to freeze, irrespective of the pipe material you have. As the temperature increases, your pipes will thaw, and water will melt. But in extreme cases, your pipes may even burst and result in major plumbing problems. If your pipes haven’t frozen, you are lucky. Install pipe insulation at the earliest to prevent this issue. But if your pipes have already frozen, consider calling your plumber. The most common sign of frozen pipes is no water in faucets when you turn them on.
2) Leaking Pipes
Is one of your plumbing pipes leaking? If yes, this can be serious. Your plumbing pipes can leak from two places – at the joints and anywhere along its length. In both cases, you must call your plumber immediately to avoid wastage of water. A leak from joints can be due to loose pipe connections. A drip or leak anywhere else along the length can be due to a small puncture or crack in the pipe. If ignored, loose connections and cracks can become worse and result in flooding your room or home exteriors.
3) Low Water Pressure
Does it take time for water to flow out of your faucets after you open them? Or do you notice a thin stream coming out of the tap instead of the full flow? If yes, this can be due to low water pressure. Low water pressure can be due to a couple of reasons. One of the most common reasons can be low water pressure from the main water supply source. But it can also occur if your plumbing system has a leak or if your pipes are corroded internally. The best way to find the exact reason is to call your plumber and let them check your plumbing system.
4) Corroded Pipes
Metal pipes can get corroded over time due to continuous contact with moisture. Iron and even steel pipes can develop reddish-brown rust over the surface, whereas copper pipes can get corroded and appear bluish-green. Although it may seem like a common thing, corrosion can compromise the quality of your plumbing pipes. Excessive corrosion can even lead to cracks, hole formation, or worst, ruptures. So, call your plumber as soon as you notice any traces of rust or corrosion.
If you overlook these plumbing pipe issues and don’t call the professional on time, you may have to face catastrophic plumbing issues. You may even end up with a flooded house. So, be alert and keep an eye on your plumbing system.