Plumbing Maintenance

Don’t Put Off Your Plumbing Maintenance

Don’t put off your plumbing maintenance. For many of us, we’re procrastinators. For others, we’re afraid of the cost when something breaks, so we put off a repair; only to have it cost more in the long run. I remember when my water well broke during some difficult financial times. I put off having it fixed, thinking it would cost thousands. Since I was irrigating five acres of land, the cost of city water was in the thousands. Come to find out, fixing the well was only a hundred dollars, ONE hundred. I have some friends in San Francisco who put off fixing their furnace and instead, used plug-in heaters in a few rooms. Their electric bill hit the ceiling month after month. Instead of paying extra on your monthly bill, diagnose the problem and see if the repair company has free financing. This may save you money.

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Better Than A Pound Of Cure

Nothing lasts forever; that includes our pipes, water heaters, garbage disposals and more. While we can’t stop them from wearing out, we can extend their life. A little maintenance goes a long way. Draining our water heaters once or twice a year can extend the life of your heater. If you want to get the most out of your garbage disposal, don’t put artichokes, corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins or anything fibrous down your disposal — additionally, no coffee grounds, tea leaves, eggshells and bones of any kind. Try composting, instead of putting everything down the drain. It will not only extend the life of your disposal, it will help our landfills.

Avoiding Clogged Drains Is Good Plumbing Maintenance

If you want to avoid a clogged drain or sewer lines, then avoid pouring cooking oil, lard, dairy products or butter down the drain. Other products that are bad for the pipes are pasta, rice, semolina or anything else that can swell when put down the drain. Installing a water filtration system can provide an excellent source of drinking water without all the plastic bottles while extending the longevity of our pipes.

Know When It’s Time To Upgrade

Homeowners, know when to replace an old appliance. When you replace an old water heater with a new one, you can start seeing significant savings in energy costs. In fact, consider upgrading some, if not all of your fixtures and appliances to energy efficient ones. For example, install low flow toilets that use less water yet perform better. Have your home professionally checked for water leaks; most homes have water leaks that often go undiscovered. Know when it’s time to complete your plumbing maintenance, tackle that plumbing problem or upgrade to new appliances and fixtures. For your convenience, Big B’s Plumbing has 12 months on the spot, same as cash financing.

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