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Plumbing Problems: 7 Warning Signs

A Few Reasons to Call Our Plumbing Company

Plumbing problems are all too common – especially in homes that have older sets of pipes. However, plumbing problems can happen to anyone, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s wrong. Here are seven warning signs that your plumbing needs attended to:

Faucets

There’s a weird sound when you turn on your faucet.

If you turn your faucet on and hear rattling, squealing, or gurgling, it could mean that your water pipe is cracked or broken. When this happens, the pipe lets in pockets of air, which cause weird sounds. Give our Malvern plumbing repair experts a call. We’ll take a look at it.

Your water drains slowly.

If the water from your faucet drains slower than usual, the culprit is most likely a clog. You can usually fix a clog on your own using household items or tools. See our blogs for help: 7 Ways to Unclog a Drain and 5 More Ways to Unclog a Drain, and if none of these methods work, call Timothy Off.

There’s a “hammering” noise when you turn off your faucet.

Also called “water hammer,” this noise can mean that your air chambers have failed. When your faucet is on, water is moving quickly through the pipes and when you turn it off, the water comes to a sudden stop. A properly working air chamber will compress when you turn the faucet (which reduces the sudden stop of the water), but a failed air chamber will make a significant sound.

Toilets

When you flush, your shower drain gurgles.

If you hear gurgling from your shower or tub drain when you flush your toilet, it may mean one of your vent lines is blocked. Your vent lines regulate drain pressure and discharge dangerous gasses, which means air frequently flows through them. When there’s a blockage, the air can’t flow properly and it looks for another opening to do so – in this case, a drain.

When you flush, your toilet repeatedly backs up.

If your toilet seems to back up on a regular basis when you flush, it may mean that your septic tank is full and needs to be emptied. It could also mean (though less likely) that tree roots have compromised your pipes and are causing a blockage.

Washing Machines

When you do laundry, water backs up in your tub/shower.

If you notice a backup of water in your tub or shower when you do laundry, you may have a sewer problem. With a clogged or damaged sewer, your water has nowhere to go and may try to follow another drain path (such as your tub or shower) out. The water backup could also happen to toilets.

Leaking Fixtures

Whether it’s your water heater pipe, your faucet, your toilet, or another plumbing fixture that’s leaking, the best thing to do is call our Malvern plumbing repair team. We’ll assess your leak and fix it quickly.

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