It’s not always easy to detect outdoor plumbing problems: when we utter the words ‘plumbing problems’, no doubt your mind heads straight indoors, with visions of toilet backflow, leaking taps, and burst pipes flooding your mind (pardon the pun!)
It’s easy to see why we instantly think of the indoors. Water inside is a bad sign. Water inside does damage. And water inside indicates a plumbing problem.
On the outside, however? Well, you think to yourself. As long as the water stays out, it’s fine, right?
Not so fast!
Identifying and rectifying outdoor plumbing problems can solve leaks you didn’t even know existed, and stop damage from escalating further.
It is not always easy to detect common outdoor plumbing problems – when you hear “ plumbing”, we understand that your mind likely heads indoors.
Who cares if the water is outside, you think.
But identifying and solving outdoor plumbing problems is critical to keeping the important foundations of your home strong, and keeping mould and mildew at bay.
Concerned that your home might be experiencing some external plumbing issues?
Our plumber in Melbourne can help! Get us in early for an inspection before problems escalate, solving you a lot of money (and headache!) Reach out to us online here or give us a call on 1300 156 650.
A Melbourne plumber shares common outdoor plumbing problems
Don’t try to solve outdoor plumbing problems through haphazard DIY.
Now is simply not the time to strap on your tool belt and blindly feel your way around your outdoor (or indoor, for that matter!) plumbing fixtures.
Plumbing is a serious business, and to the untrained eye, is incredibly complicated. You might think you’re being smart and saving a couple of bucks, but the reality is that without knowing exactly what you’re doing, you’re risking future damage – and a bigger bill to fix it.
Not sure where to begin? It all starts with a phone call! Give our Masterful plumbers a call on 1300 156 650 to organise a plumbing inspection in (and around!) your home.
We’ll uncover hidden dangers and help you understand any problems we may find, as well as the best and most efficient fix.
Your home’s sewage is connected to the sewerage system underground; this system is critical: it’s how wastewater is automatically channelled to the sewer.
However, there are times that sewers get clogged due to dirt and foreign objects including tissues, wet wipes, tree roots, and leaves.
The first step you can take is making sure that toilet paper is the only thing going down your toilets (along with, ahem, your business) – so that means no tissues, wet wipes, paper towels, makeup wipes, cotton balls, or sanitary items!
Simply, these items do not dissolve in water the way toilet paper does, and as such, can lead to serious blockages.
So that’s your part done.
But the inevitable part is nature: you can’t stop small tree roots getting into your sewage pipes and growing at a rapid rate. Think about it: it’s the perfect environment for roots to thrive.
Unfortunately, tree roots can quickly grow and lead to blockages, which causes water (and other “stuff”!) to back up into your toilet bowl – yuck!
Concerned your sewage pipes may be blocked? Listen to, look for, and smell the signs: strangle gurgling, slow-draining toilets or sinks, and an awful smell are all unmistakable signs there’s something not quite right in your pipes.
Backup or blockages require the immediate attention of a skilled plumber, who has not only the knowledge, but the tools, to clear your blockages and solve your backup issues.
Outdoor faucet leaks
Exactly as it would indoors, you’ve got a tap outside that is constantly leaking.
While the annoying dripping sound it too far away to be heard, there’s no mistaking the leak when you spot a puddle of water surrounding the tap.
Not only is a leaking tap frustrating, but it’s also a huge waste of water – and it can be solved quickly by a local plumber!
Did you know that multiple leaking faucets (whether indoors, or outdoors, or a combination of both!) can also be a sign that your home’s water pressure is too high?
If you’ve noticed an annoying drip-drip-drip in multiple taps around the home, call a plumber in Melbourne to come out and inspect not only your taps, but your system as a whole, too, to uncover potentially hidden problems.
You may have a leaking outdoor faucet that’s already worn out through frequent use and needs total faucet replacement.
When thinking about outdoor plumbing problems, you can’t just look out – you need to look up, too!
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and as such, plays a critical role in protecting your house from external elements.
The constant water dripping, making its way inside your home – and the foundations upon which its built – can lead to extensive damage in your ceiling, flooring, walls, and even your electrical system.
Internal and external water damage can also ruin your home’s insulation, and is the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew.
As you can imagine, these poses a very real safety risk to not only your home, but the people living under its roof, too!
Have you noticed water spots on your ceiling? Call a Watermaster roof plumber now!
Can’t remember the last time your roof was checked? We strongly urge you to book a roof inspection from a Masterful roof plumber, who will inspect every corner of your roof and identify weaknesses early.
Find out more about roof plumbing here.
(If a roof leak has lead to electrical damage, you’ll also need to get in touch with a qualified electrician in Melbourne to ensure your family’s safety.)
Suffering from burst pipes?
You need an emergency plumber – now!
Burst pipes can happen anywhere: behind the walls of your bathroom, under floors, and yes, outside.
No matter the location, if you notice dampness under your feet, on your walls, or on your ceiling, you likely have a leaking or burst pipe.
Neglecting a potential pipe problem not only leads to wasted water, but damage intensifies and you set to suffer from more complicated repairs.
Water damage from a burst pipe can quickly lead to serious structural damage that can put your home at risk and your family in danger.
Burst pipes can cause water to build up, leading to stagnant water that not only encourages mould growth, but can also attract insects like mosquitoes.
Prevent your pipes from bursting by letting an emergency plumber identify the cause and solution of the pipe problem.
Let our plumber in Melbourne solve your outdoor plumbing problems!
As with any major appliance or fixture in your home, your plumbing has an important role to play.
In order to fulfil this role, your plumbings – both indoors and outdoors – must be in its best condition:
- Pipes should deliver water to taps, sinks, toilets, and showers
- Gutters should drain excess water away from your home
- Your roof should keep your home protected from the elements
- Your sewage system should safely and hygienically move wastewater from your home
Watermaster Plumbing Solutions is committed to providing efficient and expert plumbing solutions to both residential and commercial buildings.
Our team of Masterful plumbers can tackle all of your indoor and outdoor plumbing woes, ensuring that all your plumbing fixtures are correctly installed, repaired, replaced, and maintained.
Get realistic plumbing solutions and excellent service for all your plumbing needs, including:
- Blocked toilets
- Blocked pipes
- Roof leaks
- Gas plumbing
- Shower leaks
- Drain cleaning
- Plumbing maintenance