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How to Tell Your Plumbing is Bad

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It’s an unfortunate truth that most plumbing problems aren’t solved until it’s too late. Often, we don’t notice the signs of damaged pipes or a burst sewer lines until the damage is already done. This requires costly – and frankly, inconvenient – fixes that could have been avoided in the first place. Knowing and recognizing the signs of damaged plumbing can save you time and money.

Here are some easy-to-notice signs that the plumbing in your home or office may need service or repair:

Low Water Pressure

One of the easiest and earliest signs of damaged plumbing is low water pressure. If the water pressure coming from your faucets or showers, or bathtubs isn’t as strong as it should be, this could mean damaged, clogged or leaky pipes. Low water pressure can also be a sign of poorly sized pipes or a clog somewhere in the system.

Sluggish Drains

While everyone experiences slow drains from time to time, consistently sluggish drains are likely the sign of something else. If your drains aren’t working properly, this could be the result of a blockage in the pipes. Common drain cleaners can clear the debris, but if the problem persists, the problem could require a different solution.

Unpleasant Smells Coming from the Drain

If there is a smell coming from your drains and experience frequent clogging, your sewer line could be damaged. Although these problems do vary in severity, a professional plumber must be called in to figure out exactly what is going on.

Odd Sounds Coming from the Faucets

Sounds of any kind coming from your pipes is never a good sign. If your pipes screech or creak when you run the water in your home or office, this is usually a sign of air leakage, which means there is a problem with your bleed off system.

Stains or Damaged Walls

Perhaps the most obvious sign of damaged pipes is stains on the wall, eventually followed by damage. Stains on the ceiling or warped walls is a good indicator that water is leaking somewhere, especially if a sink or bathroom is located directly above the affected area.

Ideally, we would recognize the signs of leaky pipes or damaged lines before it’s too late. When the need for service does arise, trust the expert plumbing specialists at Armstrong Comfort Solutions. Don’t let a small plumbing problem become an emergency. We can assess the situation in your home and office and come up with a solution that will best fit your needs.