Homeowners are a varied group of people. Some diligently clean and maintain their homes with incredible vigor. Others take the more laid back approach to cleaning and upkeep. Regardless of your preference, it is vital to understand that neglecting some minor plumbing problems can eventually turn into major expenses. So what are these problems? Let’s take a look at five.
Water Heater Leak
If you have ever noticed spotted drips or even large puddles near your water heater, you may have a problem. You may think that a puddle is harmless, however it can be a precursor to floor damage or even mold growth which is incredibly expensive to get rid of.
You will need to immediately investigate where the leak is coming from. Possibilities include a leaky inflow or outflow pipe, a malfunctioning drain valve, or clogged drain. All of these problems tend to be simple fixes that most homeowners can do by themselves.
If you discover major leakage, it is time to check for serious water heater corrosion (common after several years) or a faulty temperature and pressure release valve. (TPR). It is important to remember however, that water heaters tend to last an average of 10 years so you may want to consider scrapping the repairs and purchasing a new water heater if yours is older.
Is your water bill seemingly too high? Well, if you have a faucet that continually drips even after being turned off, the answer is right in front of you.
Believe it or not, a dripping faucet can add up to as much as 3,000 gallons of water a year literally down the drain.
Most homeowners can make this repair themselves with a new washer, but if the faucet is too damaged to be fixed, replace it immediately with a low flow variety which will reduce your water bill even further.
Sky High Water Pressure
Most people love a shower with tremendous water pressure. However, this can quickly add up in terms of water bills and plumbing repairs. High water pressure obviously uses more water which increases the bill, but many people don’t realize it is very hard on your plumbing system.
This can be rectified by simply adjusting the water shut-off valves. You also may need to replace the showerhead or repair the device’s flow regulator.
Toilet Base Leak
Do you notice a wetness around the toilet base in your bathroom? This might be due to poor aiming among the males in your family but it could also be from a leak under the base of the toilet.
How can this be expensive?
Well if left unchecked, moistness can easily lead to rotting and other floor damage. Replacing a floor or carpet can be a pricey proposition. Repairing the leak might be as simple as tightening the bolts at the bottom. However, if that doesn’t work, call a plumber immediately.
Damaged Washing Machine Hose
Most people tend to ignore their washing machine hose, however this can be a big mistake. Is the hose kinked, bulging, or cracked?
If so, it is important to understand that a washing machine hose that bursts can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a home. This is totally preventable.
Simple replace your old worse for wear hose with a new, braided stainless steel one and avoid unnecessary expense. And as a side note, it is not a good idea to run the washer when you are not home.
Take care of these small problems immediately when they arise and they won’t evolve into major expenses.
Joe Rainford is a plumbing institution in the Ocala, Florida area with over 30 years in the business. He is known as Joe The Plumber and takes pride in his local ties. You can visit his website at https://joetheplumberocala.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joetheplumberocalafl/