If your bathroom is anything like our bathrooms, it sees a lot of action. Long hot showers, soaks in the tub to relax, toilet flushes, and sinks filled and drained on a daily basis. The plumbing in your home is under constant stress that is necessary to keep the all essential bathroom up and running.
Regular maintenance and careful use can help prolong the life of your homes plumbing. But here are 5 signs you may need a plumbing repair.
1. Low water pressure
- Turning the on shower full blast should result in a nice steady stream of water. If you get low pressure at all settings, or no water, you should check it out. A clogged shower head could be the culprit. Clean your shower head by soaking it in vinegar or a CLR (calcium, lime, rust) type cleaner for about an hour. If your shower head is not easily removed you can use a plastic bag full of above stated cleaner tied over the shower head. If the pressure does not improve there may be a bigger issue. Low water pressure has a number of potential causes including blockages, damaged water heater, or a busted pipe in the walls.
2. High water pressure
- Have you had issues with a constantly running toilet? Have you had leaking faucets over and over again after being repaired? You could have a high water pressure issue. Too much water pressure is bad on your plumbing and your plumbing fixtures. This can also lead to busted water heaters, plumbing fittings, or flooding in your home. Call us to check your water pressure and if needed install a water pressure reducing valve.
3. Slow drains
- Every homeowner has experienced a slowly draining tub or sink at some point, Most home owners have even tried so called drain cleaners at the local hardware store. Drain cleaning liquids and gels can severely damage home plumbing. They are very caustic and can eat through old and new plumbing causing leaks and damage to your home. A professional should be called to remedy a slow drain or standing water in your fixtures. Most will use a pipe snake or commercially available cleaners rated for the particular situation.
4. Hot water not staying hot.
- Water heaters have a maximum capacity or output before needing to regenerate. If you use too much hot water too quickly, you should wait for the water to heat back up. On the other hand, if you are the first one in the shower and only have a few minutes before in runs back to cold, you have a problem. The most likely culprit is a bad element in the water heater. This can be caused by a few things like scale, sediment, or if the water drained below the element with out the element being shut off. Another possibility is a leak in the water heater or hot water lines. All of these issues should be checked by a pro with the tools and know how to minimize further damage.
5. Strange smell or color of water
- The Water coming out of your homes plumbing should be clean and clear and free of odor. If you have another color, or any smell, you may need us. White or cloudy water typically signifies air in your pipes. Brown, red or yellow water means rust, sulfur and or iron. This can be attributed to wells or broken water mains. Green or Blue water means copper plumbing has corroded. If this is the case call Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement immediately. We can fix the plumbing issues and water issue in your home.
At Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement, we offer solutions to any plumbing or water problem you are having. If you have city water, well water, new plumbing, or old plumbing in Knoxville, Maryville or the surrounding areas. We offer Hague whole home water filtration and reverse osmosis systems installed and serviced in your home.