To stop plumbing problems in their track before they progressively become worse, you should know what to look for:
- If you notice wet spots, damp spots or mold on your wall or ceiling, you most likely have a leak somewhere around that spot.
- If you notice that your water pressure has significantly weakened, you might have a leak somewhere in the pipe that is supplying the water to where the pressure went down, or the faucet/shower head may be backed up with residue.
- If you notice that water is not draining normally, there might be something clogging it. Check how your drain is assembled to see if there is a metal and rubber plug to remove and clear out any food or hair that has caused the problem.
- If you notice that your toilet is running after your flush it for longer than normal, there might be something wrong with:
- The handle of the toilet and the tank ball might be stuck together.
- The flapper valve might be sticky or something is preventing it from completely closing after it is flushed. Cleaning or replacing the flapper valve could help the problem.
- The ballcock cannot close all the way and might cause the toilet to leak.
Fixing these problems before they get worse will prevent future problems that are more serious. If you notice any of these problems, you should call a licensed plumber to solve them.