Common Residential Plumbing Problems And Issues

A residential plumbing system is a highly complicated part of a house, and it should not be surprising that these systems can suffer a range of problems and issues that homeowners may find disruptive. A poor understanding about residential plumbing issues can leave homeowners struggling to correct or otherwise address the plumbing problems that they may be experiencing.

Regular Clogs

Clogs can be one of the most commonly encountered plumbing issues, and while it is normal for a plumbing system to experience an occasional clog, it is possible for a home to experience plumbing clogs far more frequently. If you notice that your plumbing system is starting to experience more frequently clogs, this may indicate that there is a root intrusion into the home's primary sewer line or mineral deposits may be forming in important sections of the plumbing. Luckily, a homeowner can have both of these issues addressed if they allow a professional plumber to work on their system.

Low Pressure

The water pressure that your plumbing will provide is essential for being able to effectively clean and shower. However, water pressure can suffer seemingly mysterious decreases over the course of time. If you find that only a couple of faucets are showing signs of low water pressure, this may indicate that mineral deposits are clogging the aerators or a major leak has formed.

Discolored Water

You will expect the water coming from your faucets to be crystal clear. However, it can be a common issue for homeowners to find that their water is discolored. In situations where the water assumes a red tint, you may find that this is due to the water storage tank or the main water line developing corrosion. For those that use a water well, this could also indicate that the well is running low on water as it may be picking up silt and dirt from near the bottom of the well. Until you have ascertained the cause of the discoloration, you may want to avoid using the water as it could represent a serious health risk.

Hidden Leaks

Slow leaks can persistent for a considerable amount of time until they are discovered. Often, homeowners will have to see water stains or other visible indications that a leak is occurring.  If you are concerned about protecting your home against this source of damage, you can install moisture sensors between the walls, under the floors and in the ceiling as these sensors will alert you to potential leaks by activating when excessive moisture amounts are detected.