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How to Detect Hidden Plumbing Issues

April 4, 2016

When it comes to plumbing, there is often more than meets the eye. We like to think of it as an iceberg: you only see the very tip, and there is a lot more going on beneath the service. A lot of homeowners end up calling us with issues that they could have detected sooner. Had they done that, they would have saved a lot of money.

Here are some tips on how to detect hidden plumbing issues. Find them out before it’s too late!

Check behind your appliances

Your fridge, washer, and dishwasher all use a lot of water and they rely on your home’s plumbing to keep them working. Sometimes plumbing issues arise where there is a leak and you end up wasting a lot of water and damaging your floor. Checking behind your appliances can help you detect hidden plumbing issues before it’s too late.

Beware of low water pressure

If you are taking a shower and it doesn’t feel like the water is at the right pressure, or you are having trouble getting water out of your faucet, then it could be the sign of bigger plumbing issues. It could be a sign of a major leak, blockage, or even bigger issue with the plumbing system. The first thing you should do is check your shut-off valve and make sure it’s in order. If that’s not the issue, then call us immediately.

Check your boiler/hot water heater

Most homes come with a boiler or hot water heater, but you never know if it’s brand new or not. Older models may have life spans of 10 years while newer ones can last 20 if they are maintained. They should be replaced when near the end of their lives, so making sure you know the age of yours will help you save money on emergencies.

There are a lot of problems that you could encounter with your home, but a lot of them are going to be beneath the surface. Knowing how to detect hidden plumbing issues will help you avoid costly emergencies. If you find any issues, call the plumbing experts at Tap Roots Plumbing & Heating Ltd.


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