In the first part of our Signs You Need Your Plumbing Redone series, we talked about why drainage problems can mean your plumbing is outdated. However, this isn’t the only sign that your plumbing doesn’t stand up to code. Here are some more things to look out for that might spell trouble for your plumbing system.
Have you ever noticed when you shower that the water coming from the spout switches between hot and cold? If the answer is no, count yourself lucky. If the answer is yes, you might be looking at some problems with your plumbing.
When your pipes aren’t connected correctly, you may have this issue. Normally, hot and cold water are input through two separate pipes. When you turn on the hot tap, it opens the pipe for the hot water. When you turn on the cold tap, it opens the pipe for the cold water. Some fiddling with the taps will allow you to get the right combination between hot and cold water to suit your temperature needs. However, If your pipes are connected wrong or are the wrong size, this introduces more variables into the mix.
For one thing, water pressure can cause issues with water flowing out of the spout fast enough. There are other things that can cause this as well. In the end, the verdict is that if your water output is rapidly switching between the hot and cold tap, rather than combining them, something is wrong. POM Plumbing is here to help.
Changes in Pressure
Water pressure can vary if you’re using water in two different parts of the house. For instance, if someone is showering and you try to use the sink, the tap might not have the same pressure it usually does. That’s because the same amount of water is now being divided between two different spouts.
However, if your water pressure regularly changes even when you’re only using one spout, that’s not a good sign. This could spell trouble with your pipes leaking or issues at an even deeper level. Either way, it’s a good idea to have that checked out. Pressure changes should only occur due to multiple sources taking water.
Repeat Damage and Leaks
While a broken pipe or a leak isn’t necessarily a call for your pipes to be redone, repetitive issues might spell trouble. A one-off break or leak can happen to anyone. However, if you’ve had pipes break more than three times in the last 5 years, or more than a couple leaks in the last 1, that’s a bad sign. This many broken pipes can mean your plumbing is at its limit and is degrading rapidly. If you live in an old house and have never had the pipes replaced, this shouldn’t be surprising. It’s time to replace your plumbing.
Frequent leaks in different areas of the plumbing can mean the plumbing is degrading or was put together incorrectly. It’s a good idea to have a plumber inspect the root of the issue. You might, potentially, need to have your old pipes replaced with ones that can handle the water pressure of the 21st century.
If you need help in the Toronto area, give us a call at POM Plumbing. We look forward to getting your home back in working order.