The following list shows the plumbing repairs that are happen most frequently. Most if not all of these can be prevented or at least delayed by regular care and maintenance. Upstate homeowners will find that regular maintenace will often save them money when it does come time for repirs. You should have your plumbing inspected, cleaned and checked at least once a year. KT Plumbing offers service agreements in which we automatically come out to take care of these things for a modest annual fee.
Homeowners should do a quick inventory of their water heaters, toilets, washers, and other plumbing appliances and consider replacing any appliances that are over 10 years old with new high-efficiency or water-saving models. Replacing many appliances that are more than 12 years old can pay for itself within a few years through reduced energy or water usage.
Without further ado here is the list (Originally taken from a survey from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Information Bureau (PHCIB) in Chicago)
- Water Heater Going Out – Most greenville homeowners give no thought to their water heaters until that day are either in the shower or washing dishes and discover that there is NO HOT WATER. That’s when they call a greenville plumbing contractor.
- Clogged Drains. So what is the best way to prevent clogged drains? To prevent getting your drain clogged don’t put any thing that is not a liquid down the drain (especially grease). The most common drain clogs happen in the kitchen sink where most of the non liquids somehow find their way down the drain.
- Dripping Faucets. This happens most often due to the washers in the faucets wearing out. So how can you extend the life of your faucet washers? You should not use too much force when turning off your faucet. Washer less faucets are alos now available so it may be worth considering your current faucets with one of these. These faucets feature a valve cartdridge instead of a rubber washer. Not only are these new faucets are easier to repair and replace, they are also more durable and do not leak.
- Leaking Pipes. In some cases this can result in the most expensive plumbing repairs due to damage to floors/ceilings and other household items.In extreme cases, these can cause expensive damage to floors and belongings. To prevent a very costly repair check your pipes often for white lime deposits or rust that may indicate a leak is starting.
- Leaking Water Heaters. Unfortunately if your water heater leaks, it’s time to get rid of the water heater. The leak is an indicator of rusting at the bottom of the storage tank, for which there is no logical repair. By the time this happens to your water heater it is usually so old that it needs to be replaced with a more energy-efficient model.
- Running & Leaking Toilets. Leaky toilets can cost you more than $100 a year on water bills. If you hear a low humming noise, or if the toilet continues to run into the bowl after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the mechanism is out of order and shpuld be rpelaced. You may be able to put off the repair by minor juggling of the flush valve, however that can get annoying to remember to do every time.
- New Faucet Installation. Upstate homeowners replace faucets not only when they break down, but for decorative reasons as well. This is the seventh most common reason for a service call, according to the PHCIB. Some people buy a faucet from a place like Lowe’s or Home Depot and then call a local upstate plumbing company to do the installation. This is okay to do you should just know that the Greenville plumbing company will only warranty its workmanship, not the faucet itself.
- Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal. How can you prevent or delay repair or replacement of your garbage disposal? First, always run cold and not hot water when grinding to move the waste all the way down the drain lines. Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water and can be flushed through the system. Hot water should not be used because it can dissolve fats and grease, which may then accumulate in the drain line. Do not use the disposal to grind anything with high fiber content such as corn husks, oyster or clam shells. Under no circumstances should you put glass, plastic or metal non-food materials through a disposer. This includes bottle caps, tin covers or aluminum foil, which are some of the items service technicians commonly find in clogged or broken disposers. Maintenance is easy. Grinding small bones and eggshells actually helps clean the disposer by scraping away stubborn deposits or citric acid and pulp. Grinding a little ice is another way to clean deposits and get rid of odors. For the most part, though, garbage disposals are self-cleaning.
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