To reduce your chances of major water damage in your home, you must be aware of warning signs of a plumbing leak and fix them quickly to avoid major damage and costly repairs. According to the EPA, household leaks can waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year. After a while, it is easy for homeowners to become used to the sound of rattling pipes, a leaky kitchen faucet, or a slow flushing toilet. Ignoring these signs can lead to an increased water bill and easily avoidable destruction.  

Here are a few warning signs of plumbing failure: 

  • An increase in your water bill 
  • A slow, gradual leak coming from a pipe 
  • Pipes rattle and/or make noise 
  • The persistent sound of running water coming from a toilet 
  • Slow drainage in the sink or shower 
  • Low water pressure 
  • Water backs up in the sink when running the dishwasher 
  • Toilets making bubbling sounds  

Taking steps to avoid plumbing leaks:

When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, mitigation should always be a priority.   

Preventing a plumbing leak can be quite simple, with these tips:  

  • Do not flush items such as wipes, paper towel, floss, hair, or other items which could provoke clogs. 
  • Unclog drains regularly.  
  • Make sure you do not over-tighten fittings. 
  • Use plumber’s tape to prevent leaks around fittings and joints. 
  • Check for leaks frequently before they escalate and end up costing a lot of money to fix. 

If you notice any of these signs, and they are issues you cannot fix yourself, call a plumber right away and take care of any necessary repair. Doing so will avoid a major plumbing bill should something go terribly wrong.  

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