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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Plumbing Trouble in Your Greenwood Home

Jan 17, 2024

Homeowners in and around Greenwood depend upon a complex network of plumbing to deliver fresh water, remove wastewater, and ensure our daily routines run smoothly. In fact, our plumbing usually works so well we don’t even notice it … until something goes wrong, that is. What are some of the most common signs that there’s a problem in your plumbing?

Slow Drains

If the water in your sinks, bathtubs, or showers is slow to drain, there may be a clog building up in the pipes. Hair, soap scum, and debris can accumulate over time, restricting the flow of water. Addressing slow drains promptly can prevent blockages and more severe plumbing issues.

Low Pressure

If your water pressure seems to be too low, it may be the result of mineral buildup in the pipes, hidden leaks, or issues with your water supply. If you experience a sudden drop in water pressure, you should have it checked out and resolved to prevent further complications.

Foul Odors

Unpleasant odors coming from drains or toilets may be a sign of sewer line issues. Sewer gas leaks can pose health risks, and detecting and fixing the problem early is crucial. Professional inspection and maintenance can help identify and address sewer line problems before they escalate.

Leaky Faucet

While a dripping faucet may be a minor annoyance, it can indicate a more significant issue. Constant dripping not only wastes water. It’s often a sign of a worn or faulty component. Ignoring a dripping faucet unnecessarily increases water bills and can lead to potential damage to the fixture over time.

Running Toilet

A toilet that runs continuously or has difficulty flushing properly may have a faulty flapper, fill valve, or other internal components. That wastes water, leading to increased water bills. Addressing toilet issues promptly can save water and prevent potential water damage.

Stains & Discoloration

Water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors may indicate a hidden leak. Surfaces that are discolored or warped can result from water damage. Identifying the source of the leak is essential to prevent structural issues and mold growth while minimizing water damage.

Noisy Pipes

Strange sounds such as banging, clanking, or whistling may indicate underlying issues in your plumbing system. Noisy pipes can result from water hammer, loose components, or excessive pressure in the pipes. Identifying and fixing the cause of the noise should prevent damage to the plumbing.

Visible Corrosion

Corrosion on exposed pipes, fittings, or fixtures is a sign of potential trouble. Rust or greenish-blue stains may indicate a pipe nearing the end of its lifespan. Addressing corrosion early can prevent leaks and disastrous pipe failure.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing issue during winter. Warning signs include reduced water flow or no water at all from faucets. Taking preventive measures such as insulating pipes and keeping your home adequately heated can help avoid frozen pipes.

Backflow Issues

Backflow occurs when contaminated water flows back into the clean water supply. Typical backflow warning signs include water with an unusual color, taste, or smell. Backflow can pose health risks, so it’s crucial to consult with a professional plumber to assess and address the issue.

Mold & Mildew

Mold or mildew in areas not typically exposed to moisture may indicate a hidden plumbing leak. Mold can pose health risks and compromise indoor air quality, making it important to identify and repair the source of the moisture.


Greenwood-area homeowners have trusted Johnson Heating Cooling & Plumbing’s team of expert plumbers for decades. In addition to having the availability, experience, and equipment to serve your home’s plumbing needs, our team is Green Screened, which means we support sustainable and eco-friendly services and products. When you choose our team, you’re assured of plumbing work that solves your problems, meets your expectations, and builds your confidence. Ask your neighbors about Johnson Heating Cooling & Plumbing, and you’ll see why so many Johnson County residents see us as their trusted plumbing partner.

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