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Prevention Is Better Than Cure

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Most homeowners or renters will have a few plumbing tools on hand in order to manage any small plumbing problems. However, minor problems can easily turn into large issues that require plumbing repair from a professional. Luckily, there is a way to prevent plumbing catastrophes – simply organize a regular maintenance schedule with Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to ensure your pipes are in ship shape and won’t drown you in repair bills at a later stage.

At Art, we deal with a lot of very common plumbing problems that need not have become serious issues. In order to help you prevent this, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common plumbing problems for you to look out for. If you notice any of these symptoms, give us a call today.

Dripping Faucets
Everyone has heard the telltale drip drip drip of a leaking faucet, be it at work, at school, or at home. The sound can drive you crazy very quickly, and also make your water bill skyrocket. A leaking faucet can send a tidal wave of dollars down your drain one drop at a time, and waste hundreds of gallons of water a year, so much so that the American Water Works Association has created a drip calculator to help you measure how much water your leaking faucet wastes.

Fortunately, leaking faucets are relatively easy to fix. When water enters you home, it does so under immense pressure, so washers are put in place to prevent it from exiting your pipes whenever your faucet is turned off. Because washers are subject to battering by highly pressurized water, they can become torn, dislodged, or stiff, thus allowing a small trickle of water to enter the pipes after you turn your faucet off.

The Internet may tell you that replacing a washer yourself is easy, but always remember that not all washers are the same and that leaks which have gone on for extended periods of time will require a professional plumber’s assistance.

Leaking Pipes
Have you noticed any strange wet spots around your house lately? If so, you may have a leaking pipe. Although these leaks most commonly occur at pipe joints, which are usually near a faucet, they can spring up at any place along a pipeline. Piping leaks can become an expensive nuisance very quickly, so it’s best to act on them as soon as possible. You will find many commercial joint fillers at most hardware stores, but these products will only serve as temporary fixes. The joints of a leaking pipe often need to be replaced, which can cause a big mess. It’s best to call a professional who knows how to prevent a mess, rather than having to clean up the aftermath of a botched DIY job.

Clogged Drains
Be it a toilet, a shower, or a sink, clogged drains stink. Or at least that is the most common complaint we receive in regards to clogged drains. These unfortunate plumbing problems are caused by a build-up of waste in the pipes that prevents water from running through them. Although there are a few things you can do to try and prevent clogged drains, if something does start blocking your pipes we recommend avoiding caustic, over-the-counter drain cleaners or DIY remedies. They may work in adverts, but in real life these toxic chemicals often cause more harm than good. Rather schedule a regular drain cleaning with Art to prevent overflowing toilets or basins.

Routine check-ups of your pipes and plumbing is one of the best ways to prevent future problems. Schedule a maintenance call with Art today, and we’ll make sure your plumbing is in working order.

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