How Plumbers Identify Problems

We’ve all been there – we walk into our home bathroom and discover that the toilet is overflowing or the sink is leaking. The first question we ask ourselves is: how big of a problem is this, and what kind of plumbing assistance is my bathroom going to require? That’s where a full-service plumbing diagnostic comes into play. Before a plumber can fix your bathroom’s problem, they need to first determine what is causing the problem, and how they plan to assess and remediate it. Fortunately, we offer in-home inspection to provide you with the diagnosis before we start addressing the problem.


It’s important to remember that plumbing diagnostics aren’t just reserved for broken sinks and leaks, they are also helpful for couples moving into new homes or ones who intend to renovate. A diagnosis is a great preemptive way to know what kind of bathroom you’re dealing with before it becomes yours.


You may be wondering, what exactly happens when a plumber starts running diagnostics on my plumbing? Here is the breakdown:



Before an accurate diagnostic can be run, the plumber needs to ask about the home’s condition and other specific questions that will give them perspective on the job ahead.



Next, the plumber needs to do a physical inspection to perfectly identify the causes of the problem and where they’re stemming from. Certain indicators, like blockages, will immediately tell the plumber after running water in other parts of the house that there is an obstruction somewhere beyond the drain line of the initial problem.



If the physical inspection doesn’t clear things up, the plumber will need to use specialized tools to narrow down the root cause. Some tools include infrared thermometer guns, cameras, gas leak detectors, and more. These electronic assistants will be able to provide the plumber with a view they would have otherwise not be able to obtain with the bare eye.



After all of that, it is common practice for the plumber to closely monitor the water composition and color before, during, and after the assessment. For example, reddish or rusty water could indicate corrosion somewhere down the line. Other colors can indicate different mineral buildups, and help the plumber to keep the water line clean and safe for further usage.


The bottom line is: don’t attempt to assess and address a plumbing problem on your own.  We at Home Angels are more than happy to come to your residence, run a diagnostic test, and inform you of the root causes of the problems. That way, we will clear things up correctly the first time, sparing your plumbing system from future complications.

Consider getting a diagnostic test on your plumbing system today. Contact Us.


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