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Tips to Remember About Plumbing Leaks

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Having to deal with plumbing leaks can be one of the most annoying things for a homeowner. Trying to ensure that there is no water damage to your property or valuables and trying to contact a licensed technician at the very last minute can be troublesome. At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, we have a 24/7 emergency hotline that has you covered and our preventative maintenance program is also there to help you throughout the year.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind when it comes to your household plumbing:

  1. Check Your Pipes

    Just because you can’t fix it doesn’t mean that you can’t pinpoint the general area that a leak is coming from. Always check your pipes even if nothing is wrong or leaking at present, to avoid damage to your property and valuables. Things to look out for include leaks, rust, and your pipes buckling.

  1. Check Your Sink

    Avoid overfilling your sink and always check under the sink to see if any water is leaking. The more you have in the cabinets under the sink, the more you need to empty out to check.

  1. Check your Water Heater

    Constantly check your water heater to ensure that there are no leaks. Once the lining wears away your water heater can become useless and will need to be replaced. Ask the licensed technician that is replacing your water heater to install a pan under it in order to catch any future water leaks to avoid causing water damage to the area where it is installed.

  1. Leaky Shower Heads

    The most common cause of a leaky shower head is a faulty washer. This is an easy thing to replace, but have a licensed technician come in to solve the issue. By isolating the water to that specific area, your plumbing contractor can easily replace the washer and check to see that everything is functioning correctly.

  1. More than Meets the Eye

    Sometimes the leak isn’t only occurring where you can see it. It may also be behind the wall as well, having a technician on hand means that there will be someone who can take apart the drain work to inspect everything.  This will ensure that over time you won’t have any structural water damage to deal with.

  1. Washers are Your Budget Friendly Friends

    Instead of purchasing a new fixture when it starts to leak, consider replacing the washer or O-ring first. By replacing the washer you’ll save money on a new fixture and ensure that the leaks stop.

  1. Faucets aren’t Forever

    Eventually, your faucet will become redundant. It’s going to leak no matter how often you replace the washer and due to the age of the faucet as well as levels of corrosion. You will need to replace the entire faucet. Depending on the type of faucet, it may be cheaper to install a new one instead of trying to source parts for an old faucet.

DIY is never the safest route to take, especially when it comes to your household plumbing. Leaks can happen at any time, so it is better for you to understand the need to check your plumbing regularly as well as what you can do until a licensed technician arrives to provide a permanent solution to your problem.

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