Being a homeowner can be stressful; it always seems as though repairs and updates are needed constantly, making it incredibly hard to prioritize. But for many things in your home, keeping up on maintenance will eliminate or at least decrease the need for big repairs. For example, plumbing repairs are much simpler if they are dealt with at the start. You can save a ton of time, money, and/or frustration by opting for routine fixes before they become big problems, like toilet repairs. Read on for some tips and facts on plumbing repairs you should know.
The first thing is that plumbing problems do not go away on their own. Once you find a problem like a necessary leak repair or bad water pressure, the issue will get worse and worse until you absolutely must attend to it. Leaving these repairs until the point of no return, however, is not a good idea. Not only will the issue be bigger, but the amount of cash you’ll have to shell out to fix it will go up as well. Leak repairs, for example, if left untreated, could damage other parts of your home for the time they aren’t fixed. Not to mention, leaks cause 10% of water in homes to be lost. For reference, water usage breaks down like this: outdoor (30%), toilets (19%), washing machines (15%), showers (12%), and faucets (11%). By keeping your repairs smaller and more consistent, you will spend less money over time.
Another thing you should know is that the larger the repair is, the longer it will take you or a licensed plumber to fix it. That means that you may be unable to use parts of your home for however long it takes someone to fix the issue. By maintaining the little repairs though, you’ll only be without those appliances for a little bit. You save a lot of time and frustration doing it that way.
Lastly, if you are in need of finding a plumber, don’t fret! Ask for a reference from friends and/or family or do a simple local search. You’ll find one in no time at all. Be sure you’re doing a bit of research before hiring someone in order to make sure they know what they’re doing! Will you be following any of this advice, or do you follow it already? Give us your thoughts and comments!