How to Diagnose Plumbing Problems in Your Home

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As a homeowner, dealing with plumbing issues is almost inevitable. Typically, when there is something wrong with your home, there are signs that show it. Understanding how to diagnose common problems can help you address them promptly and potentially avoid costly damage. Here's a guide on how to detect some typical plumbing issues.

Slow Drains

If water isn't draining quickly from your sink, shower, or bathtub, you likely have a clog. Clogs could be due to hair, soap scum, or food debris. While plungers, drain snakes, or baking soda and vinegar mixtures can sometimes solve the problem, persistent or recurring slow drains might signal a more serious issue requiring professional attention.

Leaky Faucets

The constant drip-drip of a leaky faucet isn't just annoying—it can also waste significant amounts of water over time. This issue is often caused by worn-out components, like the washer, which can be replaced relatively easily.

Low Water Pressure

If your water isn’t flowing as strongly as it used to, this could be due to a variety of factors. Try checking your showerhead for a clog or your water heater for a leak. It could also include more significant problems like a blockage in your pipes, a leak somewhere in your system, or even issues with the local water supply.

Running Toilet

A toilet that continues to run after being flushed can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. This problem is usually caused by an issue with the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl.

Discolored Water

If the water from your faucets is any color other than clear, it could indicate rust in your pipes, a problem with your water heater, or an issue with the local water supply.

High Water Bills

If you notice a higher water bill without any changes in your family’s use of water, then it could point toward a leak somewhere in your home. If it’s not immediately apparent, you may need to contact a plumber to go through your home’s plumbing to find the source.

Call the Diagnosis Experts at Pro Roto

While it's helpful to diagnose these issues, many plumbing problems require the expertise of trained professionals to resolve them correctly and safely. If you're experiencing major plumbing issues or are having trouble diagnosing a problem with your home’s plumbing, call Pro Roto. We offer top-notch plumbing services for your home, no matter how big or small.

Contact us today at (650) 844-1194 to get your water flowing again!

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