Five Warning Signs of Plumbing Issues You Shouldn’t Ignore


While some plumbing emergencies strike with no warning, others build over time. And if you know what to look for, you can avoid a big, expensive plumbing disaster with some preventative maintenance. River City Plumbing, serving Reno, Sparks, and now California residents in the Tahoe and Sacramento areas, shares these five warning signs of plumbing issues issues that you should never ignore.

Spiking Water Bill

If your water bill has gone up and stays that way over two billing cycles (with no rational explanation, like increased usage during the summer), this could point to a leak anywhere from a toilet to the main water line. While some leaks are easy to find, that’s not always the case. Fortunately, our underground detection services can pinpoint leaks in concrete slabs without resorting to the sledgehammer!

Funny Sounds and Bad Smells

Pipe damage is often accompanied by unpleasant odors or odd sounds like gurgling and clunking, particularly when you’re using things like toilets and drains, doing laundry, or running the dishwasher. The sound of running water when no one is actually using the water is another troublesome sign. Pay attention to these signs, and if they’re out of the ordinary for your home, or they seem to come and go, consider contacting a professional plumber to rule out any problems.

Fluctuating Water Pressure

Water pressure regulators maintain appropriate pressure for all your appliances. Too much pressure, and not only will you be dealing with leaks, your appliances could be at risk of shorter lifespans. If you’re noticing water pressure fluctuations in faucets and shower heads, it’s a good idea to have it tested.

Water Discoloration or Changes in Flavor

Depending on when your home was built, you may have galvanized pipes. These can corrode and rust, which ultimately affects the water running them. If you begin noticing changes in flavor or color to your water, this could be related to pipe corrosion and needs to be addressed.

Wet Spots on Ceilings, Walls or Floors

Accumulations of water on floors and walls are a telltale sign of plumbing leaks, while ceiling spots tend to indicate a leak on the roof. Don’t let wet spots sit – call a plumber right away to find out exactly what’s going on.

In Reno, Sparks, and northern California, River City Plumbing is your professional, experienced plumbing company for both scheduled and emergency service. If you’re noticing any of these warning signs, or you have other plumbing needs, contact our team today.

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