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When you have plumbing issues in your Sarasota, Florida, home, it can lead to water damage and malfunctioning appliances. Older homes often have plumbing that’s no longer considered efficient for use with newer appliances. And over time, corrosion and clogging can lead you to consider upgrading your plumbing system. The best way to know when it’s time to upgrade your plumbing is to be vigilant and watch for these seven signs and symptoms of an aging system.

Leaking Faucets

Leaking faucets can lead to higher energy use and water damage if they’re left unaddressed. Leaking faucets won’t fix themselves, and while some issues can be resolved for a while, odds are, the fixtures will eventually degenerate further and need to be replaced.

Clogged Drains

When your sinks or tubs don’t empty at all, it could be the result of clogged drains. Clogged drains can be caused by paper products, hair, dirt, or other debris that has built up in your pipes. Clogging can also occur because of grease lining the walls of your pipes or because of corrosion as old pipes become worn.

Slow Drains

While slow drains can be a sign that your pipes are becoming clogged, they can also be caused due to a lack of proper venting, which lets pipes drain easily. Unfortunately, these vents are usually installed at about the same time as the drainage pipes were, so if your drainage pipes are old or worn, it could mean the vents are also worn.

Older Pipes

Older homes were often outfitted with galvanized pipes, and if you update or sell your home, you’ll need to bring these pipes up to code. The problem with galvanized pipes is that they can rust easily from the inside, which can lead to many problems, such as major leaks, discolored water, and uneven water pressure.

Older homes may also have lead pipes where the water main comes in. Lead pipes are much softer, which can cause lead to leach into your water supply. If you have either type of older piping, an upgrade is important to ensure the safety of you and your home.

Gurgling or Bubbling Sounds

Percolating or bubbling noises around the drain mean the system could be backed up or that there’s some flow constriction or improper venting. This sound may also be linked to water backing up in basement floor drains or excess water around other drains. When proper flow is inhibited, you should consider replacing your piping.

Bad Smells

Noises aren’t the only thing you should watch out for. You should also be mindful of bad smells. Bad smells coming from your drains indicate something isn’t right in the system. If the smell is that of biological growth, it means there’s water pooling somewhere in your pipes where it shouldn’t be. Bad smells around fixtures and appliances could indicate that seals are poor or have become worn.

Other smells can indicate danger, such as the smell of raw sewage. While this smell could be as simple as a drain trap that has dried out, it could also indicate a blocked, cracked, or broken sewer line. If you notice sewage backing up along with this smell, you should contact a professional immediately.

Constantly Running Toilet

When you hear the sound of your toilet constantly running and the tank refilling, you shouldn’t ignore it. A running toilet can waste many gallons of water a day and could be fixed by simply having a professional replace a few tank parts. If the parts in your tank aren’t the problem, you may need to look at replacing your toilet or checking the surrounding pipes.

Proper maintenance, repair, and even replacement of the plumbing systems in your home should always be taken seriously. If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, you may want to consider investing in a plumbing upgrade. Upgrading your plumbing can save you money, protect your water supply, and keep you safe.

If you’re considering a plumbing upgrade, contact Aqua Plumbing and Air at (941) 306-3715 today to schedule a consultation.

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