A Homeowners Guide to Plumbing Systems
Owning a home can sometimes come with stressful plumbing problems.
At Wilsons, we have fixed all types of plumbing issues. Many could have been avoided saving time, money and stress if only the homeowner was properly informed as to what precautions they could have taken to avoid such situations. Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful.
When is it not a good time to save water? Water is one of, if not the most important resource we have on this planet. On top of environmental reasons, there are real financial reasons to conserve water especially for those who pay for their water services. We can start in the simplest places such as low flow toilets, faucets and showerheads. Another easy area is making those necessary repairs to all those dripping taps, running toilets and weeping pipes. You’d be surprised how much that adds up to over long periods of time.
When it comes to preventative maintenance on anything in our homes, we can relate that it isn’t easy to take this seriously, but trust us, the rewards are BIG. Make sure you’re doing regular checks on water supplied appliances, fixtures and equipment. Things like hot water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and faucets are a great place to start. In most cases, it’s the slow undetected leak over a long time that causes the most damage. Know how old your equipment is, nothing lasts forever. A typical electric hot water tank has a rough life span of 10 years (depending on water quality) and washing machine hoses should be replaced at least every 5-10 yrs. Also, be aware of what goes down your drain whether you’re on a town sewer or an engineered septic system. It is never a good idea to allow any type of grease or oil down the drain. Drain cleaning can be quite expensive and if you end up replacing a septic system you could be looking at bills of $10,000 - $30,000.
Be prepared! Emergencies never seem to come at convenient times so when they do have a quick plan. Anytime there’s a leak or flooding the first thing you should do is shut the water off. Locate your main water shut off valve, make sure that it’s accessible and make sure that it’s in good working order too. If the problem is beyond your expertise then call in the professionals. Have contact information handy to make that quick call and make sure they’re available after hours and on weekends. Ensure you find a reputable company that is insured and certified to do the work. Before tragedy hits, review your insurance policies and be aware of what they cover and what they don’t. Too often people find out after the fact and end up paying for repairs they shouldn’t have. Had they looked a little closer at the paperwork or maybe added on a few dollars a month to include specific coverages they would find themselves in a much better financial and mental state.
For more information, questions or concerns about plumbing in and around your home, give us a call on 902-429-4545 or visit WilsonsPlumbing.ca.