Never Ignore These 5 Signs You Need Immediate Plumbing

You’ll need a commercial plumber on your speed dial when suddenly no water or sewage gets picked up by your sinks; that much is certain. But sometimes, deeper problems may be waiting to happen—the kind that ruins your entire plumbing system and puts your toilet, sinks, and baths out of commission for more than a few days. They may seem insignificant at first, but you should never ignore these five signs:

Sign 1: A Steep Water Bill

The first sign of plumbing problems can be spotted on a piece of paper: your water bill. This document gives you a clear indication that you need to call in a plumbing inspection. 

Typically, water bills vary depending on your water usage. If your water bill spikes at times when your average water usage is low, there is a strong likelihood that you have a problem with your plumbing system. For example, if your water bill goes up even while you’re on vacation for a couple of weeks, it’s an indication of a plumbing issue.

Sign 2: A Belching Toilet

When you flush your toilet, you expect a sound indicating that it has finished emptying its contents. This can be stressful if you hear loud belches after the flush or when your faucet is turned on. The toilet belches can occur regularly, which is incredibly irritating.

Belching is usually a sign of a clog in the main sewage line. When you notice belching in addition to sewage backups or overflows from neighbouring toilets, it’s time to call a commercial plumber for a closer look at your pipes. Failing to do so could just continue building up the pressure in the main sewage line and lead to a pipe bursting sooner or later.

Sign 3: Low Water Pressure

If the warm water has turned cold, there’s more than one way to deal with the situation. The first thing you need to do is check your water heater, especially if you have hard water. 

If the water heater is clogged with calcium and lime deposits, clean it out by flushing it with a 50/50 solution of vinegar to cold water. Or, if your shower head is outdated, upgrade it to a 5- or 6-star showerhead that uses three-quarters less water. 

Once you’ve checked that the water heater has nothing to do with the problem and the showerhead is in good shape, you need to look deeper. This means there are more severe problems lurking beneath your piping system.

Sign 4: Discolored Walls

Fixing water leaks can be difficult, especially those hidden in the walls. It is best to approach these problems with all of your senses. Check for discoloration, sounds of water running, and the distinct smell of mould. If you notice any of these issues, it is best to get a commercial plumber on the scene.

Sign 5: Toilets Not Filling Up to the Water Line

Hard water will leave a very distinct line around the inside of your toilet bowl. Thus, you have a de facto marker or line that indicates your normal water levels.

If there’s nothing wrong with the pipes or plumbing, water should reach the line when your toilet is flushed. However, water level fluctuations can signify serious plumbing problems because they indicate potential leaks in the bathroom or elsewhere in the system. Call a commercial plumber immediately.

Work with a Commercial Plumber This Instant

Spotting these five signs never means solving them by yourself—you should leave the job to the professionals. You can choose to work with one from a union, an HPA member, or the list in your area. These pros have licenses, insurance, and years of experience in the plumbing industry. If you have any plumbing issues, it would be in your best interest to call them when you need help.

One of the handypersons you can get in touch with is a commercial plumber from Bromac Mechanical! We’re always ready to offer plumbing and heating solutions and are willing to go above and beyond to serve our customers.

You can find us in the following locations in British Columbia:

  • Abbotsford
  • Chilliwack
  • Langley
  • Vancouver
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Surrey
  • Maple Ridge

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