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5 small plumbing problems that cause big headaches

Posted on by on 7th July 2014 with 0 comment

Los Angeles homeowners are no strangers to common plumbing problems.  We’ve all experienced a leaky faucet or clogged toilet; they come with the territory of home ownership.  But sometimes these seemingly innocuous issues are indicative of a bigger, hidden problem plaguing your house from within.

You don’t need to necessarily panic the next time your sink clogs, but you should definitely familiarize yourself with potential warning signs.


Moisture is usually a harbinger of bad things to come.  It’s not terribly common to see it, so if it appears along your walls or ceiling, take note.  Under extreme conditions it can cause mold, which is very dangerous and sometimes even deadly.  If black spots start to reveal themselves, you most likely have it.

In less serious cases, moisture can indicate a burst pipe.  If you think a pipe may be hemorrhaging water, call the best plumber Culver City has to offer.  Joseph Davidson’s trained technicians will investigate the damp areas and determine the cause and course of action.  Most of all, they’ll fix the problem and restore your peace of mind.


In many cases, leaks can be fixed relatively easily.  With some basic handy man knowledge, you or a plumber can perform the repair.  But sometimes a leaky fixture can spell a much more serious problem.  For example, a simple leak in your toilet could mean that you’re wasting gallons of water every day.  Likewise a leaky faucet can cost you water and money over time if it’s left untreated.

Old water heaters

An old water heater may be a liability.  After years of use, it starts to show its age.  Its diminished ability to heat your water will not only frustrate you in the shower, but it can drive up energy costs as well because it requires more power to heat.  Additionally, many people neglect to properly treat it.  If you haven’t flushed it in several years, the water probably has accrued a large portion of mineral deposits from the tank.  This too can negatively affect its performance.

Clogged drain

Clogged drains are pretty easy to ignore.  Many Los Angeles residents will tolerate a slight build up of water as long as we can continue to wash our hands, do the dishes, brush our teeth, etc.  But the reality is the longer you procrastinate, the worse the problem gets.  Don’t wait until your drain becomes impossible to use.  At this point, the collection of debris has become a real problem, and much harder to remove than if you had taken care of it earlier on.

Bad odors

Bad smells from your water don’t necessarily mean the sky is falling.  Sometimes odor is affected by your pipes, but it doesn’t make tap water dangerous.  However, pay attention to lingering bad smells in and outside of your house.  If they’re persistent and refuse to go away, and if they’re especially potent, then you may have a ruptured or clogged sewer line.  In the worst cases, sewage may back flow into your home, but the more likely scenario is a flooded yard.  Either way, if you want to avoid these problems, don’t ignore your plumbing’s odor.

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