Five Things You Should Have a Professional Plumber Check
Every year, homeowners pay big bills to repair water damage that could have been prevented by scheduling annual maintenance with a professional plumber. Small leaks can do a great deal of damage over a period of time and larger leaks can unleash an enormous amount of water overnight. Soaked carpeting, flooring and drywall are expensive to replace. There is also a risk that mold may take hold and you will have to pay a certified professional to remove and remediate it.
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In addition to the cost of repairing the damage, your home may be filled with dehumidifying equipment and sprayed with chemicals to kill mold. You will also need to take the time to order new flooring and hire construction professionals to make repairs. One of the first professionals you will need to hire is a plumbing contractor to fix the damage that caused the leak. However, hiring a plumber to do preventative work on your plumbing system can save you the risk of higher costs later.
There are some key components that a plumbing contractor should check each year. The toilet is first on the list. Toilets that are not running properly waste water. A plumbing repair can save you money on your water bill and the sooner you catch the problem, the more money you will save.
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Your dishwasher also needs an annual check. As long as your dishes seem to be getting clean, you probably give little thought to your dishwasher. Unfortunately, loose connections in the dishwasher can lead to leaks that are hidden under cabinets or disappear behind walls. You may not notice the small amounts of water behind and under the dishwasher until you face serious problems. An annual visit from a plumber can catch these problems and fix them before there is any major damage.
A water heater will run trouble-free for many years, but when rust causes a leak, you may be dealing with 40 or 50 gallons of water depending on the capacity of your water heater. A professional will notice small problems that you may miss and he may be able to help you prolong the life of your equipment.
Since a water heater uses energy, a plumbing professional can find ways to help homeowners save on utility bills. If you find that your water heater doesn’t seem to be producing as much hot water as it did when it was new, a plumbing contractor may be able to replace an element in an electric heater or improve the operation of a gas heater and save you the expense of making a costly replacement.
Plumbing repair is not the only goal of annual plumbing maintenance. Even equipment that is functioning properly can benefit from an annual review. If you are using an older shower head, ask about options that will save energy and water. Even a short shower uses a significant amount of hot water. The USGS estimates that the average shower uses two gallons of water per minute. A new shower head can maintain good water pressure while reducing the amount of hot water used.
Most major plumbing fixtures in your home have shut-off valves. These are your first line of defense against a plumbing leak. If you can stop the water flow, you may avoid an expensive plumbing repair. Unfortunately, shut-offs can freeze up or become damaged. Shut-off valves are hidden away under sinks and behind toilets. Most homeowners don’t give them a thought until something goes wrong. When a plumbing contractor makes a yearly visit to your home, he will check these small, but important valves so that they will work when you need them.
A professional plumber has the knowledge and experience to see potential problems before you need to deal with major damage. He can also recommend cost-effective changes and upgrades that will improve your enjoyment of your home. Regular maintenance by a professional will save you money and let you spend your time doing things you enjoy instead of crawling under sinks and reaching around the backs of toilets. A professional also has the right tools and the skill to get things fixed right the first time.
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