Homeowners know that regular maintenance and inspection of their homes and property can be key to stopping small problems from becoming big problems. However, even the most diligent homeowner may not know exactly how to check if their plumbing is in good, working order. Hidden leaks can grow over time, causing water damage that can lead to mold or structural damage to your home. Repairs for major water damage are costly and inconvenient, so it is always best to know what signs to look for that may indicate you have a plumbing issue in your home. Routine inspections of your pipes, faucets, and drains, can help you catch small plumbing problems before they become much larger problems.
Inspecting for Hidden Problems
To inspect your property, start by testing all the faucets in your home. If you turn them on and the water pressure seems unusually low, you may have an hidden leak somewhere in your home. Your water should be coming in a steady stream, and anything less than that may indicate a problem. While you are running your faucets, make sure to observe the drains as well. The water should be flowing into the drain without pooling. If your drain appears to be backing up, you may have a clog forming. If you suspect that your Brentwood home has a clog forming, contact the experts at In Demand Plumbing to have it cleared.
Next, inspect all the exposed pipes in your home, particularly ones that are hidden under sinks or behind the toilet. Look closely for any signs of moisture. A puddle may be an obvious sign, but some leaks are so small at first that the only clue will be dampness. While you are checking the area for moisture, don't forget to inspect the pipes for any sign of corrosion, especially around the joints. Damp metal corrodes faster than dry metal, so corroded joints could indicate water damage. Leaks can mean major trouble for your household. In addition to the potential for water damage and mold, leaks can add hundreds of additional gallons of usage to your water bill every month. If you suspect that your pipes show signs of a slow leak, contact a professional Brentwood plumber to assess and repair the problem before it grows.
Last, if you are able to read your own water meter, you may be able to determine if there are any undetected leaks in your home. Simply read the meter when you know the house will be unoccupied for a few hours. When you return, read it again. If nobody has been home to use any water, then the reading should not have changed at all. If it has, that may mean water is flowing out through am undetected leak in your pipes. If you show signs of usage on your water meter when no water has been used, you may want to have a professional Brentwood plumber assess the problem as soon as possible.
Preventing Plumbing Dysfunction
In addition to regularly inspecting your Brentwood property for any signs of plumbing trouble, there are steps you can take to help keep unwanted problems at bay. After all, there is an old adage that say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. One preventative measure is to be sure to avoid pouring oil or grease into your sinks, because it can solidify in your pipes, creating a serious clog. Another idea to consider is adding a mesh guard to your sinks, to keep food, hair, and other unwanted material from clogging the pipes in your home. You can even add a lint trap to the end of your washing machine discharge hose to prevent lint from clogging your drains. Finally, experts recommend hiring a professional to complete your annual water heater maintenance, which can go a long way towards helping prevent plumbing problems in your home. The licensed plumbers at In Demand plumbing do offer water heater maintenance services as well, to help you keep your household water needs met.
Professional inspections from the Brentwood plumbers at In Demand Plumbing can more thoroughly check your home for signs of leaks, clogs, water pressure problems, and other signs of plumbing dysfunction. Call the plumbing experts at In Demand Plumbing today for your plumbing inspection, maintenance, and plumbing repair needs!
If you’re looking for plumbers in Brentwood, call In Demand Plumbing at 925-470-0142, or fill out our online request form.
Water heaters are nearly constantly under a tremendous amount of stress. Which means that they require significantly more maintenance and repair than almost any other plumbing fixture. At In Demand Plumbing, our Brentwood Plumbers recommend that you have a tune-up and inspection of your water heater at least once every year. That way, your water heater will always be functioning at peak conditions, and you can be guaranteed the longest lifespan possible.
However, even if you stay up on repairs and maintenance, you’ll need to replace your unit eventually. You don’t ever want your home to be without hot water, so it’s important that if you do need if a water heater replacement, you have it done.
You may need a professional to tell you whether you need water heater repair or if it is time for a replacement. But there are some signs you can look for to alert you.
Your Water Heater's Age
Most water heaters will have a lifespan of around ten years. That number can vary in either direction, though, depending on the frequency of the maintenance and repairs. If your water heater doesn't receive proper maintenance, it may only last for four to five years. If you've been using your water heater for more than five years, it's time to start paying more attention to it and seeing if it might break down soon.
Pay closer attention to your energy costs as well. Rising energy costs may be a sign of poor water heater efficiency. If you haven’t recently, call for an inspection, and we’ll let you know how much longer your water has and whether you need a replacement or repairs.
Any noises that you hear coming from your water heater are a bad sign. Most of the time, this means that there's a build-up of sediment inside the machine that won't allow water to flow through it properly. Sometimes, that sediment can be flushed out, which can help with performance and efficiency. If the problem has gotten too bad, a water heater replacement may be your only option.
If you find a leak in your water heater, don't panic immediately. Some leaks can't be repaired, but some others can. Water heater leaks might be symptoms of a much larger problem, and they be a sign that a break down is imminent. Keep in mind, though, that not every puddle you find near your water heater is necessarily coming from a leak.
If you think you've found a leak, contact our Brentwood plumbers immediately. We can determine the location of the leak, the cause, and the best next steps. Sometimes, water heaters with leaks will have to be replaced.
If you're looking for water heater repairs in Brentwood, call In Demand Plumbing at 8925-470-0142, or fill out our online request form.
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