Not many people spend time thinking about their plumbing unless there is an urgent issue. We turn the tap and expect the water to come on, and when it does, we are more than satisfied with the result. The truth is, however, that the plumbing in your home can’t last forever. It’s important to know when to call in a professional before you have an emergency on your hands.
Poor Water Pressure
If you find the water pressure in your home leaves something to be desired, there’s a good chance the pipes old and may now be corroded. This could turn into problem for you as the plumbing continues to deteriorate. Modern plumbing materials are made from PVC which is a superior product that won’t rust or degrade like the old copper or lead options of the past.
Check Your Water Meter
Not all water leaks produce litres of water or tell-tale damage. Some of them are hidden from view, slowly dripping into your walls and potentially causing costly repairs down the road to both your plumbing and your home. The trick to spotting these hidden problems is simple. Turn off every single water source in your home, and watch your water meter for a while. If there are no leaks at all, your meter should stay static. If it moves, it’s time to call in a pro.
Test Your Water
Obtain a water quality test through the city’s water department to see if there is any lead or other contaminants in your water. Even without a professional sample kit, you can run water into a clear glass first thing in the morning before any water sources have been used. Check your sample for colour, smell and taste. If it seems off in any way, chances are you have some sediment in your pipes.
If you suspect that it’s time to replace some or all of your plumbing system, or if you’d like to book an inspection to make sure everything is running as it should, call the friendly plumbers at Rite-Tech for a consultation.