We all need to learn how to avoid plumbing setbacks. Most of us wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to our plumbing. We can take some common steps to prevent that plumbing setback. It’s inevitable if you are a property owner that you will have plumbing issues. You will address the problem yourself or hire a plumbing company to take care of it for you. Recognizing a problem before it happens is the best way to tackle a plumbing problem. Most of us have heard that a great defense is the best offense and that goes for our home maintenance.
New Water Heaters Technology Can Outperform Old By 20% Or More
Our most significant plumbing setback starts with our water heaters. Year after year our water heaters continue to work for us. Most families don’t ever maintain them. They sit in the corner of our garage until a problem arises and they break down. In some cases, it’s a rusted out tank, pressure relief valve, or heating element. While some heaters give no signs of a setback, others will start to leak. If your heater is more than eight to ten years old, you may want to consider replacing the old model with a new one before you start dishing out money to fix the old one. New water heater technology outperforms old technology by as much as 20% or more depending on the water heater.
When making a water heater purchase, consider purchasing one with the EnergyStar Label. The label has taken all the guesswork out of buying an energy efficient water heater that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, they use less energy which costs less to run without giving up quality and durability.
Avoid Plumbing Setbacks and Replace Your Shut Off Valves
Avoid another common plumbing setback and replace your shut off valves and supply lines before they start to leak. We have supply lines and shut off valves attached to our bathroom sinks, water heaters, kitchen sinks, and toilets. They often go unnoticed until they start to leak. In some cases, if the leak goes unnoticed for a period of time it could cause damage to baseboards, drywall, tiles and more. If your shut off valves have never been replaced and are showing signs of corrosion, then it’s time to have them replaced. Shut off, and compression valves are inexpensive; you can replace them for about $12 including the supply line. The average do-it-yourselfer can replace them. If you prefer a licensed contractor, it’s usually the cost of a service call.