5 Common Symptoms of Underlying Issues in a Home’s Plumbing

August 27, 2020by Lasiter & Lasiter

No homeowner wants to deal with plumbing concerns. These matters could cause delays in household members’ schedules and interrupt daily life. Turning to DIY fixes is not a viable solution, either; they could be ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. 

A licensed plumber can repair your home’s plumbing and do preventive maintenance. Before the professionals arrive, though, it helps to know a few things about what is happening. Here are a few common symptoms and their possible causes.

Water does not flow or drains slowly

If your sink or toilet has standing water, you might have a clog in your drainage pipes. Hair, soap gunk, grease, and food particles can build up in your plumbing, creating significant blockages in the long run.  

In some situations, you can clear these with a single deep cleaning. However, there are other cases where the pipes get clogged regularly, or where the clogging is so pervasive that it does not respond to basic remedies. For these, calling a plumber is the best course of action.

There are unexpected odors or foul smells

If there are weird smells in your home, and if you cannot pinpoint the sources for these, check if it could be coming from your drains. Just because your pipes seem to be working fine does not mean there isn’t food or sewage buildup in them. Hire a tradesperson with specialized equipment; they can correctly diagnose issues like these and will be able to reach hard-to-access areas in your plumbing.

The sink works but makes gurgling sounds

When you hear gurgling noises from your pipes, it means there is an emerging problem in your sewage. Clogging creates air bubbles, which are responsible for the gurgling sound you hear when water drains. Though your drain seems to be working, if you do not attend to the gurgling sounds, it can lead to future problems.

There is water backup or overflow

One of the worst things that could happen to homeowner is a backed-up bathroom or an overflowing toilet. It is unsettling trying to deal with a pool of dirty water, which can also be foul-smelling.

These backups are taxing to clean, and can even cause water damage. When drain lines get entirely clogged, it can cause your water to go back into your house. In situations like these, it is best to call a 24-hour plumber. An overflowing toilet or bathroom can be a health and safety hazard to your family.

There are fruit flies in your kitchen or bathroom

Some homes have persistent fruit fly problems. It does not matter if the owners routinely clean the counters or store food in airtight containers; the fruit flies appear anyway. If this is true for your home, the insects might be attracted to food in your drainage pipes. A plumbing professional can clean your drains extensively, and prevent fruit flies from infesting your sinks.


Keeping a house clean and functional takes a lot of work; maintaining windows, floors, and walls require plenty of cleaning. However, it is also crucial to take care of areas you do not see like pipes and wiring. These are areas vital to keeping your family safe and secure.

When plumbing goes wrong, it poses risks to your family. Ensure their safety when you hire Lasiter Plumbing. We are a plumbing company in Fort Worth, TX, and we have over 40 years of experience working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact us at (817) 589-1678 for service repairs or more information.


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