If you've recently purchased your first home, you may not be familiar with all the plumbing problems you could face in the future. Unfortunately, plumbing problems can leave you facing costly repairs, especially if you don't catch them soon enough. Luckily, most plumbing problems will give you some advanced notice before you're faced with complete failure. Here are three signs that your plumbing is going to need some attention.
There's nothing worse than foul odors in your home, especially when those foul odors are coming from your drains. If you've got foul odors coming up from the drains, the first thing you should do is disinfect them. This will help rule out minor problems before you move on to the bigger ones. First, pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain and allow it to sit for several minutes. Second, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and cause a foaming action to occur. Once your drain stops foaming, add about ¼ cup of lemon juice and flush the drain with hot water. If the foul odors continue, you may be looking at a sewer or septic line issue. You'll need to call a plumber.
When you flush the toilet, you shouldn't hear any strange noises coming up through the pipes. If your toilets are making a loud gurgling – or bubbling – noise when you flush them, you'll need to have a plumber come out and inspect your sewer lines. You could have a clog located somewhere between the toilet and your main sewer line. This is particularly true if the water level rises in the other toilet when you flush.
Clogged drains can be a real nuisance. However, if you develop stubborn clogs that affect all the drains in your home, you could be looking at more than just a nuisance. You could be looking at a significant clog in your main sewer line. You could also be looking at root damage – especially if you have mature trees in your yard. Roots can access your drains through small cracks, or through plumbing joints. Once inside the pipes, the roots will continue to grow until the completely block the flow of liquids, or rupture the pipes. If you're dealing with clogs in all your drains, you need to call a plumber.
Now that you own your own home, you'll need to monitor your plumbing. If you experience any of the problems described here, contact a plumber near you as soon as possible. For more information, contact a business such as AAA Home Services.