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Busting The 2 Most Common Plumbing Problems Before Your Wallet Goes Bust

by Bruce Lawson

Plumbing problems are often a huge nuisance for any homeowner. However, many of those nuisances can end up leading to a wide range of costly problems that may cause your blood pressure to rise a few notches. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can bust two of the most common plumbing problems before you bust a blood vessel or your wallet goes bust – whichever comes first.

Addressing the Water Heater

Nothing is worse than waking up at the crack of dawn to get ready for work, stumbling for the shower faucet and stepping under an icy cold blast of water. While the cold water may wake you up, it is nothing short of a rude awakening and a sign that you have water heater problems.

Your water heater contains a thermostat that identifies when it is time to heat up the water. If, for example, you set your water heater to 120 degrees, the thermostat will indicate that it is time to warm the water back up if the temperature falls below 120 degrees. 

If for you suddenly find that you lack hot water, it may mean that your thermostat is not working correctly. Rather than spending a fortune replacing your water heater, contact a professional. The professional can diagnose your water heater to determine if you need to replace your entire water heater or just the thermostat. You will quickly find that hiring a professional to address your water heater repairs will save you money, so you don't go for broke.

Taking Care of the Leaks

It is often frustrating when you lay down at night, ready to enjoy the silence and drift off to sleep only to discover that the silence is broken by the sound of an annoying drip. Although drips are bothersome, they are also often expensive, which you will soon discover when you receive your next water bill. An average household leak can waste approximately 10,000 gallons of water annually.

Among homes that experience leaks, 10% of them waste approximately 90 gallons a day. While a drip may not seem like a big issue, you may think otherwise when you see your big bill. Furthermore, a leak can cause damages to your home. For example, a leak left untreated can cause a buildup of mold and mildew and may damage walls, ceilings floors and subfloors.

It is best to identify leaks before they become a cause for concern and an empty wallet. Hidden leaks are often harder to detect, but that does not mean it is impossible. First, you will need to evaluate the water pressure in your home. If you notice that your water pressure is suddenly lower than normal, it may indicate that you have a major leak.

You should also follow your nose since your nose knows best in this situation. If you smell mold or mildew, it may mean that you have a hidden leak in the area. Do not ignore the signs of a hidden leak. Contact a plumber near you to determine whether or not you have a leak. The plumber can identify a leak without having to tear apart your home and plumbing.

The faster you identify plumbing problems, particularly those involved with your water heater or leaky pipes, the faster you can get back on track with affordable plumbing repairs. Failure to address plumbing problems immediately could force you to spend an arm and a leg on bigger expenses down the road. The sooner you address the problems, the better off you are in terms of affording the repair services needed and the damage that plumbing problems often cause.