Our homes do a lot to take care of us, and we do a lot to take care of them. We mow the lawns on a regular basis. We replace the roof when it gets leaky or starts to sag. We clean the siding with a pressure washer every once in a while (or, better yet, give the kids a few bucks to do it for us). We freshen up paint, clean, organize, replace, and fix–and all because we rely so much on the comfort and safety provided by our homes. However, some repairs are more obviously necessary than others.
For example, it’s hard to miss the fact that the front door hinges are squeaky, but not so hard to overlook pipes that need replacing. Plumbing is uniquely difficult to take care of; it doesn’t call for help the way other household items and systems do.
Taking Care of the Plumbing
Plumbing is a huge part of any building, but when it comes to a home, the pipes are extremely important. Think of an average day in your household; how much of what you do is reliant on strong, safe, and efficient pipes? Showers, dish-washing, laundry, flushing the toilet, and more–it’s all possible thanks to the quietly powerful plumbing in your house. As a result, of our reliance on the pipes, even a very small issue can quickly cause big problems, and, if left unchecked, what was once a minor leak or weakness can turn into a flood, a mess, a disaster. The key to avoiding this is knowing what to look for and what to do.
Pipes That Need Replacing
How do you identify when your pipes need to be replaced? Let our Boise Plumbing experts give you some tips!
- Big issues. Some pipe issues are big, and they make themselves obvious. Leaks, corrosion, broken pipes, weaknesses–it’s the stuff you’d notice immediately. These issues are easy to catch, but they can often lead to bigger problems, so it’s important to take care of them right away.
- Little issues. Other issues are small to the naked eye, but don’t underestimate them–they can cause big trouble. Discolored water is one example of a subtle issue, and it may mean you have rust in the pipes. Another issue is poor plumbing installation, which won’t be obvious at first, but will slowly cause more and more issues.
- Expert help. So, once you identify an issue, what can you do? Most of the time, the safest thing to do is call an expert plumber. With the right tools and the right knowledge, these professionals can help you solve plumbing problems now and avoid other issues in the future.
Interested in more tips for plumbing care? Looking for Boise Plumbing experts? Contact us today!
By Tim Smith
Published: March 10, 2016