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Signs Your "Small" Problem Could be a Bigger Issue

Posted by Gary Gray on Sep 27, 2016

Posted in: Pipes

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Everyone gets a clogged drain from time to time - but how can you tell if a clog is actually a symptom of a much larger issue with your plumbing system? Here are three signs to watch out for. 

Constant clogs.Most clogs in toilets, sinks or baths are caused by a buildup of sludge in the pipes, but if you clean your drains thoroughly and still experience clogs, it could mean a sewage pipe is leaking or broken. One factor to look out for is water level changes - especially in the toilet. If it is higher or lower than normal, a problem further down the drain could be siphoning off water. 

Gurgling noises.One of the telltale signs of a major plumbing problem is abnormal sounds like gurgling or percolating. These sounds can come from the toilet, sink or shower, and they often appear after using another plumbing fixture. For example, there may be gurgling from the sink after flushing the toilet. The noise is caused when a bubble of air trapped in the clog is released into the water above it. When these noises come from several appliances, it often means there is an issue with the main sewer line.

Sudden increases in water bill.If your water bill generally stays in the same range, a dramatic, unexplained increase could mean a serious problem. Leaks are the most common reason for an unusually high water bill, but if you don't notice an obvious leak, like a dripping faucet or running toilet, the problem could be deeper in the system.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, you should contact a plumber to inspect your drains and sewer system. David Gray Plumbing can diagnose your plumbing problems and provide the solutions you need. For more information or for help with your drains, call us at 904-724-7211 or visit davidgrayplumbing.com.

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