Winter may be quite a few months away…but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare in advance.
Think about the last time you had to deal with frozen pipes or a troubling leak. Not only is it expensive, it completely cuts into your week and leaves you constantly finding ways around the problem. Instead of waiting for a clogged drain to make itself known or fumbling through your local contacts for an emergency plumber, reach out to professional plumbing services and ask for a check-up. They can take a close look at all of your systems, figure out if anything needs to be done and save you a world of trouble when the holiday season comes back in full swing.
Here are five simple things your plumber can do to keep your home in top shape.
Install A Low Flush Toilet
Has your home been in dire need of a new installation or two? Choose one that will more than pay for itself in no time at all. Toilets use up a lot of water in the home, right up there with your faucet and shower usage, and can see your utility bill spiking when you least expect it. A low flush toilet is able to save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year without risk of clogging, a perfect combination for the savvy homeowner. It’s not just installations that can make your life easier, either.
Fix That Stubborn Leak
It’s time to stop ignoring that leak. While it may seem like no major problem as long as nothing becomes stained, the fact of the matter is quite different. A recent study found 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day. A leaky faucet that drips just twice per minute can waste over one gallon of water in a week. Likewise, fixing these easily corrected household water leaks can save you 10% on your monthly bill. What else could you be buying or saving up for with a little extra cash?
Check Your Water Heater
Does your shower take too long to heat up? Perhaps it becomes cold far too early. There are a lot of warning signs you can spot on a faulty water heater, that of which can be buffed out by a plumber for a good price. Most tankless water heaters today have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. That doesn’t mean they can’t still erode early or start showing signs of wear and tear. Some water heaters can be fixed with a professional eye, while others may need to be replaced outright. It’ll be up to your discretion which is a better fit for your home.
Repair Your Piping System
Now for the flipside of the issue. While leaky faucets and faulty water heaters are easy to spot, cracked pipes can be a little more difficult…that is, until they leave a major sore spot in your weak by clogging your pipes. Indoor plumbing dates all the way back to 2,500 B.C., but despite our advances in plumbing technology we still have to stay on the ball. Tree roots, environmental shifts and age can all take a toll on your piping system and leave you frustrated come winter.
Invest In Dryer Vent Cleaning
Your local plumber can even help you reduce your risk for fire. As a homeowner you do everything in your power to stay safe, from double-checking whether or not the oven’s on to unplugging your appliances when not in use. Property losses are up to 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without. Another 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year, causing over $35 million in property loss and even putting people in danger. Instead of assuming your home is good to go consider letting commercial plumbing services take a look. You’ll be glad you did.
Winter is a ways away. Why not prepare now and enjoy the holidays properly?