Many families across the world are used to the hustle and bustle of daily lives that leads to a lot of traveling away from the home to perform at jobs, school, or other things. During this Coronavirus quarantine, a huge influx of family members are being asked to or choosing to stay home for the safety of themselves and others. Now the relationships aren’t the only things that will need to adjust, as things like your home’s plumbing and septic will be put to much more use than before! We hope you spending more time with your family does not cause you strain, but we cant say that your plumbing system won’t be feeling that way!
With an increase of people taking showers, baths, and trips to the restroom, your plumbing system is taking on more work than usual. This means that there is a lot more water (and other stuff!) traveling through the drains, pipes, and sewage line of your home. A key thing to consider here is that any pipes that have a current inclination to leak- and may have been able to bear through it- will most likely fail during this time due to the heavy amount of use. A pipe failing spells bad news, like permanent damage, for the inside of your home, and worse in some places than others.
The following things to look for might help you determine if any of your pipes have gone kaput:
1. A strong, foul odor coming from the lower floors of your home.
Although the upper floors could fall victim as well, a strong smell of raw sewage is most likely attributed to a clogged or broken pipe leaking sewage waste around the home by your pipes.
2. Lower than usual water pressure.
A clogged, broken, or leaking pipe will cause the water pressure to drop in the systems you are using.
3. Loud banging in the walls when pipes are used.
Pipes that are unrestrained or have become loose can bang around during use. This can cause damage to the pipes after prolonged periods of time, causing them to break.
4. Higher amount on your water bill.
Efficient plumbing keeps your water cost within a normal range because they are working properly. Broken pipes waste tremendous amounts of water, and money!
5. Listen in for rumbling near your water mail line.
Your water main will give off a hissing or rumbling sound when water is being used in the home. If all faucets and machines, etc. are left alone and you still hear that sound, chances are you have a leaking pipe.
6. Spotting damp ceilings, drywall, and puddles of water.
An accumulation of water below your sink or in your basement can indicate a leaking or broken pipe. When water from these pipes becomes loose in the walls of your home, it will cause wet spots and can lead to mold growth. Not only may the pipes be damaged, but those spots will also permanently damage your building materials like drywall.
If you are suspect that there are broken or leaking pipes in your home, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call at (615) 227-2811. Schedule an evaluation of your home and we can take a look at what might be going on, then discuss the best set of solutions available to you. We hope you have a great rest of the week, and stay safe!