If you have finally purchased your own home and broken free of the rental rat race, chances are you've already taken in some of the benefits of home ownership like playing loud music and not disturbing your neighbors. Additionally, you've probably experienced some of the drawbacks, such as paying for plumbing repairs. With the average American home buyer spending 1 to 4 percent of the home's value on maintenance and repairs, you'll need to take a few precautions to ensure your plumbing lasts for the many years you'll be in your home.
When something goes wrong, before finding a solution, you must first recognize the problem. Knowing the common plumbing issues can help you keep your eyes open if anything goes awry. Some of the common issues include leaking faucets, low water pressure, slow/clogged drains and toilets, leaky pipes, a malfunctioning garbage disposal, and hot water issues.
One way to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in tip-top shape is to keep your home on a regular maintenance schedule. You can make rounds through your home every month or bi-monthly to inspect the common problem areas. Doing so will assist you in finding problems that you may not necessarily use everyday. For instance, condensation on pipes could indicate a leakage issue and lead to pipe corrosion or molding of surrounding wood or plaster if left unattended. Additionally, you can have a plumber come out yearly (or more often if needed) to inspect your drains. A qualified professional can perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing as well as use digital technology to ensure the pipes beneath your home are still in good working order.
Every homeowner will have to get their hands dirty, or a little wet in this case, to keep their pipes pristine. A couple small repairs that can be done around the home include cleaning the aerator on faucets and shower heads if you have a water pressure issue, or using an Allen wrench to unjam your garbage disposal. You'll want to turn the main water supply off before tackling any issue.
If you have fixed a minor issue, such as re-lighting the pilot light of your gas water heater, and the problem persists, you'll want to contact a qualified plumbing professional to prevent any further damage to your home and wallet. You'll need to call in a professional when repairs involve installation of new pipes, new construction that requires licensing and permits, if your water heater is having issues, or if your septic tank or sewer-line breaks.
For every day you spend in your home, ensure that they are spent comfortably by maintaining the functional details. Knowing what the common issues involve will help you recognize a problem right away during your scheduled inspection, and fixing minor issues promptly will save you time and money on future issues. Finally, if doubt rears its ugly head, contact a qualified plumbing professional, such as those at Salinas & Sons Rooter Service.