Nothing puts a dent in your winter season quite like a leaky faucet.
Sure, bad weather and traffic jams are pretty bad…but a leak goes right through your week and leaves you in the position of trying to fix it yourself or call a professional. Which is the best option? The main benefit of reaching out to professional plumbers is not having to worry about this issue again. While do-it-yourself techniques are fine and dandy, you always run the risk of missing a useful detail and having it crop up all over again. Put away that temporary bucket and get yourself some useful knowledge so you can plow ahead in the new year without extra worries on your mind.
Indoor Plumbing History And You
Thanks to indoor plumbing we’re able to lead comfortable and convenient lives. Indoor plumbing has been around since 2,500 B.C. and has been found in multiple cultures around the world, manifesting as simple pipe systems and complex underground works. While some places would use individual systems, others would create elaborate public resources for everyone to use. Even though technology has made washing and bathing easier than ever, we all share a little responsibility when it comes to keeping our systems working right.
Save Money By Patching Up Those Leaks
Why do you want to fix your leaky faucet? You likely want to keep from losing some of that hard-earned money of yours. A leaky fauce that drips at just twice per minute can waste a full gallon of water in just a week. A recent study also found 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day, creating a steady drip of money literally going down the drain. Leaky faucets aren’t the only ones to blame, however. Poorly maintained toilets and old pipes can also contribute to a higher than normal bill.
Prevent Freezing, Cracking Or Leaking
Preventative measures can save you hundreds of dollars on surprise repairs. Nearly 40% of all frozen pipe failures occur in the basement due to a lack of maintenance and extreme temperatures, particularly during the winter when the attic becomes one of the biggest sources of contention for homeowners. When basement floods account for a significant chunk of insurance claims every year, reaching out to a plumber is about as proactive as you can get.
Reduce Strain On Your Water Heater
Fixing your leaky faucet won’t just keep you from waking up in the middle of the night. You’ll reduce strain on other areas of the home. Water heating accounts for nearly 20% of a home’s monthly energy use and, as of today, nearly 27 million American households have a water heater that’s over 10 years old. It’s thought as much as $6 billion is wasted every single year from running toilets, faucet leaks and hidden leaks. A good way to identify a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in your toilet. If you see color after 10 minutes or so? You have a problem that needs help.
Let A Professional Handle It
Clogged drains and weak faucets are no match for a professional. Let’s do a little refresher to see how much you can gain from a local plumbing service. Your water heater can account for up to 20% of your energy use and a leaky faucet can waste nearly 100 gallons in a weak. Toilets also account for up to 30% of household water use and one of the biggest contributors to frozen or flooded basements are cracked pipes. A plumber can give your house a check-up (recommended once per year, maybe twice if you live in a harsh climate) and make sure nothing is leaking right under your own nose.
The money you’ll save after a repair is going to be much lower than if you’d waited for a problem to ‘resolve’ itself on its own. Give commercial plumbing a look once you’re tired of your energy bill and set the new year right!