Plumbing & Senses: How Plumbers Use Senses to Detect Invisible Plumbing Problems

Burst pipes or blocked drains are usually easy to detect, but at times, the smallest clog or malfunction can cause major issues. The good news is that many small plumbing issues can easily be fixed by anyone with a little DIY plumbing experience. Learning to detect small (or big) plumbing problems early on, can help you save thousands of dollars a year on plumbing call-outs, repairs and damages to your home's walls, floors and carpets.

Did you know that plumbers rely heavily on their senses to help them detect plumbing problems? That's right. You can pick up malfunctions in your plumbing system before they become disastrous, leaving you with a hefty bill.

Below we'll show you how you can do the same. All you need is sight, smell and hearing.

Seeing Plumbing Problems

The easiest way to detect sewage issues, is through sight. When water bubbles up from any of your drains or from a floor drain, or if it seeps from your toilet's base, that is almost always a symptom of sewer line backup.

It may start as a clear leakage, but don't ignore it. It may turn into a filthy mess in no time.

Pay attention to wetness in your basement, as sewer backups may cause water pooling in your basement, and even leave toilet paper on the basement floor. If sewage pools in your yard or in the downspouts, you should take action right away.

Smelling Plumbing Problems

Smelling something funky? That's often a dead giveaway that you may require sewer repair in the near future. Main line clogs can cause sewer gas or rotting sewage to leak into your home. Depending on the where the blockage is located, you may be able to repair it using a plunger or drain snake. If it is too deep, you should get hold of [company name] to do a video sewer inspection to find the blockage. They will insert a type of drain snake with a camera attached at the front to enter the sewer and see where the blockage is located, and what the cause is. You will be able to see the problem on the monitor in real time.

Hearing Plumbing Problems

Gurgling noises are a dead giveaway. Next time you hear your drains and toilets make a noise, you're listening to the sewer backing up, creating clogs. It may start out as an insignificant matter, but if you ignore it, it may end up blocking your drain line completely.

Of course, in addition to seeing, smelling and hearing blocked drains, Toronto plumbers also have extensive training in detecting all kinds of plumbing problems, such as blocked drains, frozen pipes, roots in pipes, and much more, using simple mechanics and advanced technology alike.

With plumbing technology advancing at a rapid rate, using the senses to detect plumbing issues is becoming obsolete. Similarly, there are quicker, more fascinating tools available to help solve just about any plumbing issue.

Our expert Toronto City licensed plumber technicians recommend that, whenever you see, hear or smell plumbing issues, you investigate it further right away. Many plumbing issues exist long before they manifest in smells or sounds, and before they become visible. That means that the plumbing problem may already be quite serious by the time you notice it. If you're unable to solve the problem by yourself, contact [company name] on [phone number] right away to help you out.

Written by Tanya Klien

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