It is no secret that preventive maintenance can save tons of money in repairs, but when it comes to plumbing, many take the if it is not broken do not fix it approach. Knowing the potential cost of delaying plumbing repairs might give you a different outlook on maintaining this aspect of your property.
Many individuals just do not think about the plumbing system in their home yet, they change the oil in their vehicle at regular intervals and would not think of taking a long trip without having their vehicle serviced to check for potential problems. Why is that?
Since plumbing problems, aside from a major leak or components failing, are not obvious; most do not give the plumbing in their home a second thought. This can be quite costly since there are no warning lights or red flags that pop up like the check engine light in a car. Having your plumbing system routinely checked can avoid major costly repairs for property owners.
Leaky Toilets Costs
A leaky toilet, although not obvious, can waste up to 100 gallons of water each day. You do the math on the yearly cost for wasted water. This could add hundreds of dollars to your annual water bill and if you use a septic tank, this could mean more out of pocket expenses to repair.
A licensed plumber can perform a simple dye test to check for leaks or if you feel comfortable, you can add a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the food coloring travels to the bowl chances are you will need a new flapper valve. If you have an older toilet, you may want to consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Compare the cost of a few dollars for a flapper valve and a few hundred to replace the toilet and perhaps the flooring around it.
Dripping faucets are more than annoying; they waste money. Three faucets dripping one drip per second would equal 17 gallons of water wasted each day. This amounts to 6,248 gallons per year. A plumber can replace a leaky faucet for a couple of hundred bucks, give or take.
Sometimes a leaking faucet can be the beginning of damaged pipes. If water is leaking in the pipes behind a hidden wall, this could amount to significant costs to remove the wall, repair the plumbing, replace the faucet, and replace the wall. Costs can increase if this is a bathtub with ceramic tile or a tub enclosure.
Hot Water Heaters
All hot water heaters should be checked yearly, but this is often overlooked. Hot water heaters can build up rust scale or dirt on the main burner or pilot light. This can create a dangerous carbon build up causing carbon monoxide to enter your home.
Hiring a licensed plumber to come in and inspect your home regularly will save money in the long run. Detecting and correcting potential problems before they become an emergency will offer you peace of mind that your plumbing is fully functional and your family is safe.