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Avoiding Costly Plumbing Repairs

Avoiding Costly Plumbing Repairs

Imagine heading down into your basement to do laundry one afternoon and finding that your once-clear basement floor now resembles a swimming pool because a pipe burst. Talk about inconvenient!

Not only can plumbing issues cause a huge mess, but they can also cost a pretty penny to fix. If you want to hold onto your money and keep your home safe, here are some ways you can avoid costly plumbing repairs.

Don’t Ignore Leaking Pipes

You may not think a slow drip from an exposed pipe in your basement is a big deal, but that’s far from the truth. It’s only a matter of time before a leaking pipe bursts and leaves you with an indoor swimming pool you didn’t ask for. Have leaks repaired sooner rather than later.

Drain Your Water Heater

Over time, sediments can build up at the bottom of your water heater tank and cause a buildup of pressure — which can ultimately lead to the tank exploding! Every six months, drain your water heater to alleviate it of any pressure. If you’re not sure how to do that, ask one of our experts for help.

Replace Your Toilet Ring

If you take a look at the bottom of your toilet, you’ll notice a rubber seal around it. This seal is meant to keep any stray water inside the toilet rather than on your bathroom floor. However, after years of working hard, that seal can become worn or loose and allow for water to leak from the toilet’s base. Have it replaced every so often to avoid that mess.

Learn Where Your Shut-Off Valve Is

If you do find yourself with a burst pipe or heavy leak, you’ll be able to prevent an even bigger mess by shutting off your water valve — that is, if you know where it is. Take a few minutes to learn its location in your home in case of emergencies.

If you think you may be in the midst of a plumbing emergency, reach out to Casteel immediately. We’re open 24/7, so call us any time!