Plumbing Issues That Signal a Bigger Problem

Plumbing issues should not be a source of stress or worry around the home. Whether you have lived in your house for years, are about to be a new homeowner, or are remodeling, it’s essential to make sure the plumbing is done properly. There is never a good time for a plumbing emergency to happen, and they always seem to come at the very worst times. The good news is that paying attention to even the smallest issues around the house will lessen the chances of an emergency occurring. Finding a reliable company to take care of any issues you run into is also imperative, and J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing is always here to help! Let’s discuss some common plumbing issues that may signal a bigger problem.

The Leaky Pipe

A leaky pipe might not seem like a big deal at first but acting quickly when noticing a leak is key. Some common causes of leaky pipes are frozen pipelines, clogged drains, old pipes, intruding tree roots, and water pressure that is too forceful. Busted pipes, corrosion, black mold, and flooding can be direct results of a leak that smarts small, so call us to fix it as soon as it is noticed.

Low Water Pressure

Sometimes one faucet has a weaker water flow compared to the others in the house. However, if all of the fixtures have weak water pressure, it may signal a larger issue. Causes could include a leak, worn out pipes, or a broken water heater, to name a few. If the water flow slowly becomes weaker, this may indicate pipe corrosion, which is the most serious problem. Pay close attention to any changes. It is better to be safe than sorry and get your plumbing system checked out if you are concerned.

Sewage Odor

You may notice a sewage-like odor in your home, which often smells like rotten eggs. Clogged pipes could be the cause, or sewer gas might be making its way inside your home after escaping from the drainage system. Although the smell is off-putting, the bigger worry here is the hazard the gas poses to you and your loved ones’ health. The bacteria contained within the gas can cause mild symptoms such as a headache, but if the gas has a high amount of methane in it, consequences as severe as an explosion can occur. Do not ignore a foul odor in your home.

Malfunctioning Main Shut-Off Valve

The main shut-off valve controls the flow of water throughout your home. It’s especially important in emergencies when you need to shut the water off quicky. If you notice the main shut-off valve is not working, get it fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will only cause more issues down the road when you are in a situation that desperately needs a working main shut-off valve.

A Slow Drain

Whether it’s hair in your bathroom sink or shower, grease in your kitchen sink, or paper towels in your toilet, many slow drains are a result of foreign objects clogging the drain. One slow drain may be contributed to a clog, but if you notice that several drains are suddenly draining more slowly, there may be a deeper issue. This could mean backed up sewage lines or blockages in the septic system. These are not easy fixes, and you will need a professional’s help to correctly diagnose and fix the problem.

Whether you have a leak that needs fixed, a busted pipe that needs replaced, or a drain that needs to be unclogged, J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing is ready to respond and help. We offer services to the Greater Boston area for all of the above issues you may be facing, but our expertise is not limited to just these. We look forward to assisting you! Please reach out to us at (781)-520-1212 for more information. You can also visit our Facebook page here: