October is the perfect time to leave up those old cobwebs, dust off your scary costumes, and get your bags of candy ready for a night filled with spooky movies and trick-or-treating. After a few scary movies under your belt, you may want to ignore that grumbling in your plumbing – because you can’t always be sure it isn’t a Nosferatu-like character luring you into your basement. However, those noises could actually be a sign of something scarier than any ghost or zombie – it could signal a plumbing issue. So before you check under the bed for monsters, be sure to be on the lookout for these 4 macabre plumbing issues.
The Sound of Running Water – Signs From The Other Side (of your slab)
It’s the middle of the night, and you hear running water – but everyone is in bed! No, it’s not an old specter making the rounds in your bathrooms, it may be a slab leak, which is just as scary. Slab leaks are hidden leaks that form under the slab foundations of your home. These leaks often go undetected and can lead to significant damage to your home. Always be on the lookout for the common symptoms of a slab leak that include:
- Stains on walls and baseboards.
- The constant sound of running water.
- Mold growth.
- Mildew smell.
- High water bills.
So if you do hear the sound of running water – you may be scared for a different reason, and should look to a plumbing expert for help!
No, That Back Flowing Dirty Water Isn’t Normal
Your sewer lines are essential for keeping waste flowing out of your home. So if you just flushed the toilet and are seeing dirty water flowing back in, you may be in for a fright. Backflow is a serious plumbing issue that is essentially the reversal of flow in your plumbing system. Instead of wastewater flowing away from your home, it flows back in, contaminating your water supply and damaging your plumbing in the process. Backflow is considered a plumbing emergency and should be addressed quickly.A backflow preventer can easily protect your home from these issues, but once they’re happening, you’re going to need a plumber to exercise the wastewater from your plumbing.
Frigid Temperatures Put Your Plumbing Lines at Risk
Carlsbad may not be home to the Overlook Hotel, but it’s no stranger to cold Octobers. With dropping temperatures comes the real danger of frozen pipes. You should always be on the lookout for faucets giving off strange odors, poor water pressure, or a complete stop of water flow. If caught early, an experienced plumber can help you out, preventing damage to your home. However, if that pipe bursts, you could have a real emergency on your hand. Also, be sure to find out about insulating pipes for easy prevention.
Your Lawn Isn’t Coming to Life – It’s a Broken Main Line
You open your door to find pools of water forming on your front lawn. What’s under the ground and coming to life! It may just be a damaged water line – not the undead rising – although a broken mainline could be just as scary. Whether it’s caused by excavation damage, an excess in pressure, or general pipe deterioration, damaged water mains can pour gallons of water into and around your home. You’ll need emergency plumbing repairs to get that issue fixed before it’s too late.
Call John Stevenson For All Your Plumbing Needs
At John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air we are your reliable emergency plumbing professionals. Whether you need us to exercise some clogged or damaged pipes or find yourself with no flowing water on a cold night, you can count on our plumbing pros. We are available 24/7 and always have someone ready to help you when you need us most. So who are you gonna call?