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Eight Warning Signs You Need to Know to Avoid Emergency Plumbing Repair

Your home’s plumbing will give you subtle early warning signs to watch for that could indicate a bigger problem is brewing. Ignoring these signs often leads to unexpected and surprise plumbing problems that will then require an emergency plumbing repair service call to fix.

  1. Small Puddles of Water Around the Dishwasher: This indicates there is a slow leak in either the water line or drain line connection. If you don’t have it checked, you could end up with a flood of water in the kitchen.

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak

  1. Small Puddles of Water Around the Washer: This is another appliance problem where there is a slow leak in the water intake or outtake lines. You will want to get the water lines checked and fixed to avoid a flooded laundry room.
  2. Water Stains Under Cabinets: If you notice there are water stains underneath sink cabinets, there is a slow leak in the water or drain lines. Fittings can come loose, washers can wear out, and other such issues can develop from normal usage.
  3. Toilets that Run Every Hour or So: If you notice your toilet tank is refilling with water every hour or so, there is a leak from the tank into the bowl or even from the tank out onto the floor in the bathroom.
  4. Strange Sounds Coming from the Hot Water Heater: If you hear snapping, cracking, or popping coming from your hot water heater, it needs to be serviced. The heating elements can be wearing out, and the tank could require a professional flushing to remove scale, rust, and other sediments.
  5. Strange Smells Coming from the Drains: If you notice a smell like rotting food or a horrible raw sewage smell, it could indicate a few different plumbing problems. The first one often means the drain lines are dirty and are accumulating grease, hair, soap, and food particles. The second one tends to mean there is a problem with the sewer drain line.

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  1. Small Patches of Greener or Wet Grass: If you notice you have patches of greener grass or an area that always is wet, even after a dry spell, you most likely have a cracked sewer drain line. You will want to get this fixed right away. Otherwise, if you ignore the problem, you could awake one morning and find raw sewage coming up the drain lines in your shower, tubs, and sinks.
  2. Slow Draining Sinks Even After Plunging: Slow-draining sinks often indicate there is a difficult and hard-to-remove clog forming in the drain pipes somewhere. It could be directly under the sink or farther down the drain line inside the walls of the home. You will want to have your drain lines professionally cleaned to fix this problem before it completely clogs.

In addition to calling for plumbing service when you notice any of these warning signs, another way to avoid emergency plumbing service calls is with annual maintenance of your home’s plumbing system. Annual maintenance helps ensure everything is working correctly and can help identify potential problems before they become major repairs.

If you require 24-hour emergency plumbing repair, preventative plumbing maintenance service, or have other plumbing repairs or problems, please feel free to contact your nearest Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing location in Austin, San Antonio, New Braunfels, or Temple today!

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