A leaky faucet can be a frustrating problem, especially when you can’t seem to find the source of the leak. Damaged faucets, however, can cost you $20-200 every year in wasted water, and can lead to much more expensive water and structural damages. It might be a pain to call a plumber in for a damaged faucet, but properly maintaining your faucets saves you money and protects you from an electrical hazard. Knowing what exactly to do can be tricky, as your plumbing is complicated. If your home has a damaged faucet, it helps to know whether you need to repair or replace your faucet.
Insulate Your Pipes
Pipes are susceptible to freezing any time the temp drops low enough. When they do freeze, they can burst, resulting in thousands of dollars in water damage and pipe repair.
The best way to prevent this, other than keeping your home properly heated, is insulating your pipes. Self-adhesive pipe insulation is readily available at most home supply stores and it’s easy to apply. You can easily do it on your own! A DIY project like this can take one day or several, depending on how many pipes you have access to. You simply cut the insulation to the right size and attach it to your pipes.
Disconnect Your Hose
Spring and summer are over, and it’s likely that you won’t be spending as much time watering the lawn or garden as it gets cooler. As the seasons transition, you should disconnect any outdoor hoses from your home’s exterior and drain. Store the hose somewhere dry for the cooler months, and be sure to shut off any water access valves leading to the outdoor spigot.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Your water heater works extra hard during the cooler months to keep the warm water flowing through your taps, showers, and plumbing appliances. While it does need routine professional maintenance, you can keep an eye on your own in between services. Before it gets too chilly outside, check your water heater for any signs of wear and tear. Rust, dents, leaks and any other warning signs should be addressed by a professional immediately. If you’re concerned about the inside of your tank, you can drain a portion of the water from your tank into a bucket. If there’s any sediment build up or rust in the water you drain, you may be in need of replacement.
Why Choose Island Plumbing & Mechanical
We provide a full range of services, including installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement for your pipes, fixtures, gas and water lines, sump pumps and ejector pumps, kitchen and bathroom applications, back flow prevention devices, and water filtration and softening devices.
Features of our plumbing services include:
- Itemized, transparent quotes
- No hidden costs
- Warranties on parts and labor
- Licensed, background-checked professionals
- Expert advice
- Fully stocked trucks
- Annual maintenance plans for the preventative care of your property