Have you been noticing some intermittent plumbing problems throughout your home? While a small leak here or there or a frequent clog may not seem like a big deal now, it could be a subtle sign of another plumbing issue that is the underlying cause. Here are some tell tale signs that you may have a plumbing issue and what can be done to fix it.

Slow, Backed Up Drains

Plumbing issues don't always surface as a large leak or burst of water that ends up in your kitchen or basement floor. A large scale plumbing issue can start off as a backed up drain in your shower or laundry room and may be confused with a clog or pressure issue. It's important to have a professional plumber come out and inspect your plumbing system.

Your plumbing pro will be able to use a scope with a camera to determine if there is a true clog such as a debris ball or invasive tree root. If there is a clog, he will work to clear the lines and make the necessary repairs if there are cracks or leaks due to pressure. A drain that's been filled with grease or other food waste is susceptible to clogs and backups. A professional drain cleaning on a periodic basis can help keep drains open and prevent any potential backups. Tree roots that are growing into your water lines can not only block off flow, but ground contaminants can reach your drinking water, causing further issues.

Dirty, Contaminated Water

If you've been noticing that your water has been tasting terrible or there is significant cloudiness or discoloration, there's a possibility that your water could be contaminated. If this is the case, it may not be safe to consume. Backflow preventers are designed to keep greywater or sullage out of your clean drinking water. If there's an issue with the backflow preventer system, contaminants could be reaching your drinking water. Having your plumber come out and test your water is the best way to determine how healthy your water really is.

Loss Of Water Pressure

Experiencing a slower flow of water? Is there barely any pressure when you take a shower or flush the toilet? If there's an issue with little to no water pressure, you may have a bigger plumbing issue than you think. If you have a well, it could be a problem with the pressure switch on your pump or a malfunction somewhere within the system. If you have city water, it could be a cracked pipe somewhere in your lines.

Having a professional plumber come out and inspect your entire system is the only way to truly get to the bottom of the problem and detect potential issues before they occur. For more information, contact a local company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling