Little problems left unattended often become more significant problems. It’s true in almost every area of life. And it’s especially true when it comes to plumbing maintenance.
The good news is: the opposite is also exact. When you take care of little problems promptly and adequately, more significant issues, which can put a big dent in your pocketbook, are avoided. Once again, this is true with plumbing maintenance too.
Avoid significant problems with proper plumbing maintenance
By being aware of what is going on in your house and taking care of little problems before they turn into big ones, you can avoid costly repairs that aren’t in the budget. Here are a few common plumbing issues to watch.
Dripping Faucets and Leaky Pipes – There is rarely anything seriously wrong when you have a dripping faucet. They are just irritating. Usually, replacing washers and seals will solve the problem.
Leaky pipes, on the other hand, can lead to some big (expensive) problems. Without proper and timely plumbing maintenance, pipes dripping inside cabinets and walls can lead to broken pipes as well as mold and mildew growth.
Running Toilets – When you have to jiggle the toilet handle on a regular basis, you probably have a problem inside the toilet tank. Often, the fix is as comfortable as adjusting or replacing the chain connected to the toilet flap. Other times, a running toilet can be an indicator of a worn out gasket inside the tank. Depending on the design of your shell and bowl, these can be tricky to replace.
Slower Moving Drains & Clogged Toilets – When it takes a while to the sink or tub to drain, it probably means that something is keeping the water from flowing freely down the drain. Running hot water for a few minutes will often help clear blocked kitchen pipes where grease and food debris have built up. In the bathroom, regularly removing hair build-up from the sink, tub, and shower will go a long way toward preventing back-ups. And when you notice that the toilet is draining slowly, get the plunger.
Most clogs (kitchen, bath, and toilet) can be loosened up with a plunger. But when you find that clogs are happening regularly, it probably means that the plunger is just moving the ever-growing clog further and further down the pipe rather than breaking it up.
Know when to throw in the towel.
With proper plumbing maintenance, Kellermeier repairs most little problems quickly and quietly. But when small issues have become big, it’s time to call a plumber.
You can depend on Kellermeier Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. We sell supplies for DIY plumbing repair projects, provide service and maintenance for your home or business, and solve the big problems when you need us. When you need a plumber, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134.