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Can Plumbing Emergencies Be Prevented?

hand gripping p-trap pipe underneath sinkHave you ever been in a situation where you’ve needed to call an emergency plumber in Salt Lake City? Chances are, the timing and the money you spent were both pretty inconvenient. But, could that emergency have been prevented? It’s not possible to avoid any and all plumbing problems you might ever run into, but plumbing maintenance will significantly help you reduce your risk!

In addition to scheduling maintenance, however, it’s important to be aware of signs that you have a small plumbing problem before it does turn into a much bigger, emergency situation. This can be hard, since most of your plumbing system is likely hidden from view, and the problems that generally impact it are subtle to start out with.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following warning signs that your plumbing system is struggling. The sooner you notice the signs, the sooner you can call us and potentially even avoid an emergency.

Drop in Water Pressure

A loss of water pressure is never a good sign for your plumbing system. It could mean a variety of things, depending on how severe the loss is, and how quickly the pressure drops. Generally speaking, a loss of water pressure means you have either a leak or blockage somewhere in the system.

A gradual loss of water pressure over time means a growing leak or blockage, such as with lime scale buildup. A sudden loss however, may mean you have a ruptured pipe, which would definitely qualify as an emergency. Regardless of the cause, the time to call a plumber is as soon as you notice a problem.

Unnaturally High Water Bills

Be sure to keep a close watch on your water bills each month, just in case they begin to rise unexpectedly. Water bills that seem to rise beyond what’s normal for the amount of water you’re using might mean that you have a leak somewhere in the system. If your monthly bills indicate you’re using substantially more water than you actually are, it’s time to have your plumbing system checked.

A Running Water Meter

One easy way to see if your plumbing system is leaking is to turn off all the plumbing appliances throughout your home, and then check your water meter. If it’s still running, it means that water is still leaving your system somewhere, which translates to a leak. Call our plumbers if you notice this occurring!

Signs of Water Damage

Unfortunately, some plumbing problems don’t become noticeable until they’ve already started doing some damage. Pinhole leaks and similar issues are often found only after they’ve rotted out the surrounding area with water damage—so if you see any signs of this on your walls or ceiling, it’s a good idea to call in a pro.

Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So if you suspect anything is amiss with your plumbing system, be sure to give us a call and we’ll be happy to inspect!

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