For home owners there will always come times when things happen in the home and you must get them fixed. Even for new homes, problems can arise and need attention. For plumbing problems sometimes that attention is not given immediately and the problem may be put off for some time. There is big problems by doing this and if you let a small plumbing problem keep going it can cost you big later.
Don’t Let a Small Plumbing Problem Turn into a Disaster
Most homes have more than one bathroom so if something happens to one bathroom it’s usually off limits and another bathroom is used. It’s quite common to do this especially while you’re waiting on a plumber to come take a look and fix the problem. But sometimes we keep putting off getting it fixed until eventually the days turn to weeks and weeks to months until it gets really bad. By then the problem could have caused all sorts of other damage. I’ll go over some of the problems not calling a plumber right away can do.
When You Have a Dripping Faucet in Your Home
If you have a bathroom faucet that is dripping then getting the faucet replaced or repaired is likely what is needed. It may seem like a small insignificant amount but over time it can really add up. In fact, you could be wasting enough water to cost you $60 to $200 per year on your water bill. And when a faucet is leaking chances are it will continue to leak more and more as the seals begin to break down and fail. Replacing your faucet will not only save water but it will also save you on your water bill.
Running Toilets and Older Toilets
Many times toilets can tend to stick and you’ll need to shake the handle in order for them to stop. Usually the inner workings are older and may have buildup on them. A toilet that continually runs like this can wreak havoc on your water bill. In fact, a running toilet can use as much as 200 gallons per day. Depending on how much you pay for water this can get quite expensive by the end of the month. Even at 5 cents per gallon you’ll waste $10 per day in water that’s simply “Going down the toilet”. If you’re toilet is sticking then call a plumber or get it repaired right away. You’ll save more by getting it replaced rather then letting it run on and on.
Older toilets can be bad about sticking as well. Make sure you listen to the toilet after flushing to make sure it turns off later. Keep checking as once it starts to stick once, it will likely do it again later.
Low Water Pressure in Your Home
If your home has low water pressure it could be because of a variety of reasons. One problem could be a leak somewhere in your home causing the pressure drop. Getting a shower with low water pressure is irritating and a great reminder everyday as well. When you have a water leak or more than one faucet running at once it will drop the pressure like this. Sometimes outside hose bibbs or sprinkler systems could be broken causing the leak underground.
The best way to check for leaks is by looking for moist areas in your yard. Also check the crawlspaces as well because pipes can sometimes be run there. If you find a leak it’s best to get it repaired right away. Leaks in areas like the crawl space can cause mold growth in your home which can be dangerous. IF your home’s water pressure has dropped suddenly be sure to check for leaks around your home. Signs can be wets walls, floors, or ceilings or it can also be wet areas in the yard even when it hasn’t rained or the sprinklers weren’t on.
When you have plumbing problems like this it’s best to call a professional plumber like Downriver Plumbers. And if you’ve already had problems for a while and you need to get things back to normal then you’ll need a good restoration company as well. For restoration help be sure to call Downriver Restoration for cleanup and mold removal as well.