Many people do not spend a lot of time thinking about drains. Although they are a very important part of many people’s lives, they are not really a pleasant topic. However, when a drain that you use stops working, it can present a major inconvenience. Now, you probably are spending a lot of time thinking about it, and you want to bring someone in to fix the problem immediately. If there is a drain that is clogged, a lot of times, you will not be able to use your sink or bathtub in the way that you need to use it, and this can be very irritating and even disastrous for anyone who lives in a home.
If you are having a plumbing problem, it is usually a good idea to call a professional plumber. Some people want to try to handle the issue themselves, but the truth is that a plumber knows how a plumbing system is going to work better than the average layperson. This individual will be able to figure out what is going on if you have a problem with all sinks and toilets not draining and can probably render any drain unclogged. They may also be able to recommend an at home drain declogger or other at home unclog drain products that you can use.
Indoor plumbing is an amenity that most of us take for granted and only think about when something goes wrong. In reality, a majority of homes are actually wasting water due to leaks in their plumbing and sewer lines that goes unseen. Repairing minor leaks now could go a long way to avoid expensive sewer repairs and replacements down the road. Here are some ways homeowners can cut down on leaks and ensure that their plumbing is able to stand the test of time.
Nearly every house has that once faucet or showerhead that drips on occasion. In truth, homeowners are actually wasting thousands of gallons of water every year from a single sink that drips at a rate of one drip per minute. Estimates also suggest that as many as four out of every five toilets may have some kind of leakage, costing homeowners even more money. Some of the largest sources of water loss in one’s household can be negated with easy repairs, potentially saving homeowners hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually on their water bills.
Protecting Your Pipes
As we near the end of winter, many homeowners ought to think about having their pipes checked by a professional. Whenever the outdoor temperature dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation have a high likelihood to freeze and break. A single one-eighth inch crack in a pipe has the potential to gush out over 250 gallons of water in a single day. Not only does this cost the home owner an excess in water bills, but it can have the potential to destroy floors, appliances, furniture, and personal items due to water damage. There are a number of pipe insulators that homeowners can use to help prevent their pipes from freezing and bursting if they live in areas plagued by freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, these issues only scratch the surface of how serious plumbing and sewer issues can be.
Sewer Replacement and Repair
Subterranean sewer lines were typically made using clay prior to the 1980s, this means that they are subject to erosion and damage. If a sewer line is over 40 years old, it may be in need of replacement; plumbers typically use a sewer camera to determine if their is a leak. Tree roots are notorious for bursting through pipes in their never-ending quest for water; these roots can block sewer lines and cost homeowners hundreds in water loss over the years. Traditional sewer repair and replacement requires excavation to get at the pipes, yet many homeowners are unaware that there are trenchless sewer repair and replacement methods that require minimum excavation. Pipe bursting and pipe lining replace and repair old sewer lines while helping homeowners save over 90% on landscaping costs they would otherwise have to face. Although trenchless repair and replacement options are typically 30% to 50% more expensive than conventional digging, many homeowners are happy to pay more to save on landscape restoration work. Most trenchless repair and replacement methods have a service life of 50 years and many even come with warranties. As the snow thaws, take a moment to look around your home to replace leaks and inspect your pipes for damage; it could be one of the best decisions you make this year for your finances.