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Plumbing problems can be a nightmare for any property owner and depending upon the issue, some of them can prove very costly to repair. Although there’s a lot to be said for hindsight, many problems can be prevented before they get to this stage, so whether the end result is a broken pipe, serious damp in your wall, or a faulty water pump, here are some warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore.

Blotchy patches

If you start to notice slight blotching on your wall or in your ceiling then it could be cause for concern as it’s likely to be the early stages of damp. The issue is that a damp wall is generally the sign that something else has occurred.

Here’s a true story… A friend of the family recently had her guttering replaced. After a few months, she noticed a blotchy patch accumulating on her bedroom ceiling. After climbing into the loft space she noticed that the overflow pipe that was supposed to lead from her water tank to her outside guttering had been extended using a piece of sellotape.

Needless to say, it had leaked and rather than any excess water being expelled outside, it had been happily dripping away directly into her ceiling. Just imagine if she hadn’t noticed or hoped that the staining would go away or dry out entirely, it would have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.


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Spluttering tap

Have you ever turned on the tap only to find it spluttering? Often it will right itself soon after and normal water flow is generally resumed. However, if the tap splutters on several occasions then it may be a warning sign that something else is afoot.

It could indicate that you have cracked or leaking pipework, or indeed a more serious break somewhere along with the connection, and this can cause trapped air (hence your spluttering tap).

Slow drains

If your kitchen sink or shower doesn’t drain away as quickly as it should, then it could be a sign that there’s a blockage further down the pipework.

As a general rule, drains don’t block up instantly and instead will get slower and slower over a period of time. Eventually, they won’t drain away at all and it’s at this point when most people call in a plumber.

Instead, if you tried to attack the slow drain with a common or garden plunger when the water was still moving, it might on some occasions be enough to clear the blockage completely and you’ve just saved yourself a lot of money.

Your local plumber

If you’ve ignored the warning signs or simply didn’t recognise them when they occurred now is the time to contact the experienced plumbers at Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage.

Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or industrial premise we have the expertise and the knowledge to put it right. Give us a call on 0421 185 947 for a competitive plumbing quote.