Unfortunately, major plumbing leaks often occur without a warning.*If you have an older home and you tend to delay preventive maintenance, here’s a few suggestions that might save your property from some major water damage.
Are you noticing drips, leaks or reduced water flow?
If you have a sink with a persistent drip, it might be a sign that a faucet or fixture needs replacement. If your kitchen faucet suddenly stops delivering the normal stream of water you need, the cause may be a clogged aerator. Shower heads can become clogged and coated with film. If you’re handy, you might want to attempt a simple adjustment, replace a washer, or remove and clean the filter & aerator . If plumbing isn’t your thing, even minor fixes, call a professional plumber to take care of your concerns quickly, efficiently and economically. #serviceawaitsyourcall
Have you noticed staining and deposit build-up deposits on your appliances and fixtures?
What can’t you see, if this is the case? Not all water is the same from city & wells, and water quality can vary drastically depending on trace minerals and additives. If you notice staining of any kind on your fixtures and faucets, or a greenish white film or brown powder or any type of crusty build-up, you should realize that the same kind of build-up may be affecting the flow of water in your pipes. If you notice these problems, it’s best to have a professional check the plumbing that you can’t see . * A water purification system may be our #1 recommendation.
Are your outdoor hose bibs rattling?
Having at least one outdoor water spigot is generally a building requirement, and many homes have multiple outdoor hose bibs to deliver water for landscaping. All modern installations are “frost-free,” meaning that they have built-in controls that eliminate the need for seasonal draining or winter “wrapping.” * Remember to disconnect All hoses before winter arrives. In the spring and during landscape watering seasons, check regularly for drips and loose fittings and have them repaired if necessary. Defective hose bibs, or pipes that rattle and wiggle can sometimes cause a leak inside the walls. If you do notice any of these signs, it may be time to call a plumber.
How’s the pipes and tubing in your home?
Depending on your area and the age of your home, your water lines might be copper or plastic and your pipes can be cast iron, galvanized steel or PVC. Modern materials for the most part, are long-lasting & reliable, fittings can be defective, pipes can deteriorate, and outside influences can cause problems. Sometimes a nick caused by a nail during construction will cause a pipe to burst months or years later. Crimping an ice maker line accidentally might lead to a delayed burst of water in the middle of the night. At times like these, you will want your plumber’s number handy.
Do you have a water main shutoff valve?
Don’t have one inside the property? You may want to consider having one installed, and be certain that all family members know it’s location and how the valve operates. The faster you can shut your water off, may help you save big bucks and prevent major damage to your home and belongings in case of an emergency.
You may not be able to prevent a pipe from breaking, but you can learn to be aware of some symptoms that lead to future plumbing problems. One of the best tips, recommended for all homeowners, is to find a reliable plumber before you need one and always have their number somewhere quickly and easily accessible.