Plumbing issues rank high among the most alarming and elusive of problems for homeowners. From clogged drains and sewer repair, to slow drainage and new water heater installation, these issues can appear suddenly and often threaten widespread damage. But regardless of size and scale, understanding how to deal with a problem before or after calling a professional plumbing service is key to avoid maximum damage. The Times Square Chronicles (Smart Plumbing Tips to Keep Things Under Control Til the Plumber Arrives says these four things are helpful to educate yourself on during this time:
For homeowners of older, fixer-upper type of houses, frequent home improvement projects may be no surprise. You may not even bat an eyelash at something like a leaking faucet or dripping refrigerator. But even issues as seemingly minor as these are signs of larger problems that may require attention from a professional plumbing service. At the very least, they?re worth you noticing. Fixing these easily correctable leaks can actually save homeowners about 10% on water bills, and something like a leaky faucet, for example, can waste more than three thousand gallons of water per year even at the rate of one drip per second.
Once you?ve noticed a potentially larger issue, take needed action as soon as possible. Depending on how serious it is, you may decide to call a professional plumbing service. Alternatively, you may be able to handle the issue with your own level of knowledge. Regardless, though, keep in mind that dealing with something like a leak is key to keep your house dry and clean. Using this mindset for future thinking is important as well. You may want to consider replacing your sewer, for example, is it is 40 years old or more. Not taking action could account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water yearly, in the case of an average household?s leaks. That equates to 270 loads of laundry.
Arming yourself with fundamental knowledge base of your home?s plumbing can make a difference when issues arise. Knowing where the main shut-off valve is located, for example, can allow you to quickly shut of your home?s water supply in an emergency situation. Likewise, having the proper tools and even a flashlight to work on something like a toilet leak could be the difference between small and extensive damage, as research shows that 20% to 35% of all residential toilets leak to some degree.
Still, when an issue becomes larger than your knowledge can handle, it?s important to know when to call a plumbing service. This is especially important in winter weather, when freezing pipes can quickly create an emergency situation for homeowners.
Wehter you?re replacing your water heater or doing some drain cleaning, understanding how to best prepare for and handle plumbing issues can save you time, money and stress. Professional plumbing services are always a good option when you or any homeowner is unsure of the scope of the issue.