A working plumbing system is the heart of any household. As important as plumbing is, we know how services can be expensive. As plumbing professionals, we have several ways that you can keep your plumbing costs down. Read on to learn 7 of our experts’ favorite insider tips.
SCHEDULE REGULAR MAINTENANCE
The most effective way to keep your plumbing costs down is to bring in a plumber for preventative maintenance. Annual system maintenance will ensure that your system operates without small, annoying issues. More importantly, it prevents the larger problems that can cause big plumbing bills.
Annual maintenance consists of a complete plumbing system inspection. During the inspection, the plumber will make sure that your connections aren’t corroded or leaking. They will also check for signs of stress on your pipes. Additionally, the plumber will make sure that your drains are draining and your fixtures are running.
DON’T WAIT WHEN YOU NOTICE A PROBLEM
Since you use your home’s plumbing system every day, you’re the most likely person to notice a problem. When a problem does pop up, Gallagher’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning encourages you to not sleep on it. Instead, call our team right away.
Taking care of an issue early is easier and less expensive than if you wait and let it grow. Even serious issues will often be a simple fix for a professional. Don’t let your worry get the best of you and end up costing you more money.
IMPROVE YOUR ACCESS
One reason why plumbing bills can increase is that some parts of a home’s plumbing system are hard to access. Having to cut through walls to access your plumbing will quickly rack up expenses.
To prevent this, it’s a good idea to look into adding access panels at key points in your home. This will make maintenance much easier and cheaper. You can talk with a plumber about good locations to ensure you don’t add more panels than necessary. Some plumbers can install these panels for you to ensure a professional result.
UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF A PROJECT
There are a few plumbing problems you could tackle on your own. However, most plumbing repairs require skill, training, and specialized tools to complete. Problems arise when you try to do a complicated project and end up doing more damage instead.
This can lead to increased repair costs. Gallagher’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning recommends calling a professional for any major plumbing project.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT DOWN THE DRAIN
Drain problems can get expensive quickly. Your home’s drains extend all the way to the main drain line in front of your home. One great way to do this is to be careful about what you put down your home’s drains.
For starters, don’t put fats or oils down the drain. These items can congeal in the drain and cause clogs. Other food items, like eggshells and coffee grounds, should also stay out of the drain.
Additionally, you should avoid liquid drain cleaners. While these products can remove clogs, they can also damage older drain lines, leading to expensive repairs.
HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS
A plunger is a must-have plumbing tool for every homeowner. Other items, like a crescent wrench and plumbing snake, are also useful tools to have around for basic plumbing repairs. Using the wrong tool for a plumbing repair can quickly cause problems that increase your plumbing costs.
For example, if you are trying to adjust a pipe with the wrong wrench, you could strip the fitting. This will end up making it much more difficult to adjust or remove.
INVEST IN INSURANCE
Some plumbing repairs will be expensive whether or not you take proper precautions. For example, a root growing through your main drain will always be a costly problem.
It’s best to invest in insurance to make sure you don’t have an unexpected, expensive plumbing bill. Typically, these policies are only a few dollars a month and can save you thousands of dollars if something goes wrong. Having these policies in place is a layer of protection to give you complete confidence in your home’s plumbing system.
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At Gallagher’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we take pride in doing great work for an affordable price. When we serve you, we always do so with pride and integrity.