Postponing to deal with small plumbing issues usually, leads to mess with not so much time to resolve the whole situation. If you left your leaking pipe leaking for some time and only called in when an emergency happened, the blame is on you. Instead of solving the problem on time, you´ll have to deal with a big mess and higher repair bills.
Since major plumbing emergencies often occur with a warning, and if you tend to postpone preventive maintenance, here are few tips that will help you prevent the disaster.
Have you noticed leaks and reduced water flow?
A persistent dripping is a sign that your fixture or faucet needs to be replaced. For example, if your kitchen faucet doesn´t deliver a forceful stream of water, it might be a sign of clogged aerator. What about your shower heads? They can also get clogged with film. In case you´re handy, you might want to attempt a simple replacement, adjustment, or cleaning the filter and aerator. But, if you don´t want to deal with even minor fixes, you can always call a professional plumber to take care of the problem.
How to deal with deposit build-up and staining?
As we all know, not all water is the same. The quality of the water can be drastically different depending on a number of additives and trace minerals. If you notice crusty build-up, brown, white or green powder, or staining, keep in mind that the same kind of build-up is probably affecting your pipes and slowing down the water flow. If you notice something like that, it´s smart to call a plumbing professional to check your pipes. The solution for this problem would be to either install point-of-use filters or purification system for the entire home.
Do you hear rattling sounds from your outdoor hose bibs?
Having multiple outdoor water taps is a necessity. Modern installations are made to be ˝frost-free˝, which means that you don´t have to do winter wrapping or seasonal draining. But, don’t forget to regularly check for loose fittings and drips. If you notice defective hose bibs and rattling pipes, have them repaired immediately. These problems can sometimes cause leaks inside your walls and your plumbing repair costs will be much higher.
Have you checked the condition of your tubing?
Depending on where you live, and how old your house is, your water lines might be plastic or copper, and your pipes can be PVC, steel, or cast iron. Even though most materials are reliable and long-lasting, there´s no guarantee that pipes won´t deteriorate, and that outside influences won´t cause any problems. These times demand you to call a professional plumber to deal with your problems.
Do you have a shut-off valve inside your house?
In case you don’t have one, you should consider installing it. Because the faster you can shut down the water, it´s more likely to prevent bigger damages from happening. Probably the best tip for all homeowners is to find a reliable and trustworthy plumber before a major plumbing emergency occurs.