Small plumbing problems can easily become catastrophes because, in many cases, you don’t know you have a problem until it’s too late. If you’re not diligent, a leaky faucet, a troublesome toilet or a clogged drain can lead to bigger, more serious issues.
Here are some of the areas you should keep an eye on now to avoid paying for major repairs down the road.
- Hot water heaters
Your first indication that your water heater is on the blink might hit you one morning when you try to take a relaxing, hot shower. Or when you step into a flooded garage or laundry room. Conventional hot water heaters usually last six to 12 years. Unless you have a tankless hot water heater, let professionals check out your situation at least once a year.
- Leaky pipes
Leaks are common year-round, not just during the winter. If you notice wet spots on the floor or ceiling, call in an expert right away. Leaky pipes have the potential to cause major damage to your home.
- Clogged drains
If you don’t absolutely know what you’re doing, fixing a clogged drain is probably something you should leave to experts.
You can also take a few simple steps to curtail drain problems in the first place.
“To avoid clogged drains, you might want to put a strainer on your kitchen and bathroom drains to prevent hair and other debris from getting into your pipes,” said Butch Bailey, owner of Lamar Plumbing in Corpus Christi.
“It’s also a good idea to avoid pouring grease down your drain. Instead, put it in a jar or can and then in the trash,” Bailey added.
- Running toilets
A faulty toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day. In the long run, you’ll save money on your water bill if you call an experienced plumber to fix any number of problems that might be keeping the tank of your toilet from filling up.
- Dripping faucets
In many cases, you can fix a dripping faucet by replacing a seal or washer. Or you can call an expert plumber, who will take care of the leak and eliminate the shock and pain of an unusually high water bill.
- Faulty hoses
How many times have you dragged your hose out of the garage or shed in early spring, hooked it to faucet and turned it on, only to find that winter temperatures have damaged the hose or the faucet? If you’re lucky, you can solve this problem by buying a new hose. If you’re not, you might need to have a plumber take a look at your outdoor faucet.
While you can address some of your plumbing woes on your own, the money you save might end up going right down the drain if larger issues aren’t identified and repaired. In most cases, your best option is to let an expert handle your plumbing problems.