Did you know that your home’s plumbing system shows symptoms of illness? Runny nose, sore throat, fever, and fatigue are common symptoms of the flu. And, if you’re like most Americans, you know your body well enough to recognize the beginning of these symptoms. Look for these warning signs in your plumbing system that indicate it is time to contact a professional plumber for an inspection.

1. Unusually High Water Bill

Most water bills provide a year-over-year comparison of use. Look for a persistent spike over two water bills that is otherwise unexplained. This excess water usage could mean you have a leak anywhere from your toilets to the main water line. Some leaks are easy to find, but not always. Plumbers can do a leak search to find leaks that might be concealed in concrete slabs or crawlspaces.

2. Smells and Sounds

A sign of damage to your pipes often begins with bad odors, gurgling or clunking sounds when using drains, dishwashers, laundry and toilets. You know the sounds your home usually makes. If something sounds different, trust your ears. You might also notice the sound of water running even when no one in your home is using it. Take note of these warning signs to help a licensed plumber isolate the issue, especially if it doesn’t occur all the time.

3. Changing Water Pressure

The main water line brings water into your home at a very high rate of pressure. This rate is too high for home appliances, so a water pressure regulator is usually installed on homes to bring this pressure below 80 psi. Too much water pressure in your home will lead to leaks as well as appliances failing years sooner than their typical lifespan. Fluctuations in your home’s water pressure maybe noticeable from faucets and in showers, but usually water pressure needs to be tested with a pressure gauge from your local hardware store.

4. Discoloration or Change in Taste

Homes built before 1960 often had galvanized pipes which corrodes and rusts on the inside. This rust is transferred to your water. If you ever notice a change in your drinking water’s taste or clarity it could be due to pipe corrosion.

5. Wet Spots

Visually inspect your home monthly to look for wet spots on ceilings, walls and floors that might indicate an accumulation of water. Plumbing leaks are often seen in walls and floors, whereas roof leaks are seen in top floor ceilings.

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