3 Silent But Colorful Warning Signs Your Home Has A Plumbing Problem

Hearing a faucet drip, or continuously experiencing slow drains, are sure signs of a plumbing problem. How do you know if there is a plumbing problem if you can't see that the drain is clogged or hear the faucet dripping? One way is by noticing unusual or unique colors around pipes, in the lawn, or in the water. Here are 3 silent -- but colorful -- warning signs that your home a potential plumbing problem:

Green Patches in the Lawn

Noticing a patch of your lawn that is greener than the areas around it may be an indication of a sewer problem; this is especially true if the green patch is between the street and your house, which is the area commonly used for sewer lines. Other signs of a leaking sewer drain may include sunken areas of the lawn, which are caused by an excess amount of fluid causing the dirt to be more compact in the area of the leak. Damages to the sewer may be caused by a number of different things, such as tree roots invading the pipes. If you notice unusual colors of green or sunken patches in your yard, it is important to call a plumbing service as soon as possible to inspect the sewer lines.

Unusual Water Color

If the water comes out of your faucet anything other than clean, there is potentially something wrong with the pipes. Water that is cloudy is usually caused by air in the pipes, which is a common problem, especially in older homes. Air in the pipes can typically be repaired fairly easily by contacting a plumber to flush the lines. If the water coming out of the faucet is brown or yellow, it is an indication of rust. In this situation it is recommended that you contact a local plumbing service to inspect the system and determine if the pipes need to be replaced. If the water has a green tint, the system should be inspected immediately, because this is typically a sign of corrosion in copper pipes.

Discoloration on Pipes

Take a look at the pipes under the kitchen sink and in the basement to see if you notice any discoloration, especially at the areas where pipes are connected. If there is any discoloration on the pipes, it may be caused by dripping from the drain line or from a sink, but it could also be caused by a more serious problem, such as a slow leak in the main supply line. If it is the result of a leak in the main supply line, it can create an extremely serious problem. The lines that supply water to the plumbing system are pressurized, so if there is a slow leak, it could potentially cause the main supply line to burst.

The longer a problem continues without being repaired, the greater the risk is of more extensive and expensive damages occurring. If you notice anything unusual about your water, including the color, the pressure, and the way it drains, it is important to have a professional plumbing company inspect the pipes, drains, and lines as soon as possible.