Having to call in plumbing services for an emergency is never a good scenario. However, plumbers shouldn’t only be associated with negative things! Plumbing services also are extremely helpful when it comes to installing new appliances and conducting routine maintenance or upkeep. Knowing when to hire a plumber can save you time and money and being aware of your water usage can also help. You want to keep your home running as smoothly as possible and sure, accidents happen. But let’s help you keep as many accidents from happening as possible with some helpful tips. We’ll discuss what to keep an eye out for in your home, when it’s time to call a plumber in, and how to keep your sewer healthy to avoid any mishaps down the line.
What Does a Plumber Do?
Plumbers are needed for both residential and commercial purposes and their jobs are way more than just fixing a broken pipe or toilet in your home. They help install and repair water supply lines when needed, make sure that appliances and fixtures are working properly, and oversee the installation and repair of waste disposal systems. In short, we have plumbers to thank for not having our streets and homes flowing with sewage and for ensuring that we get running water into our homes and our waste out.
Some plumbers may also have specialized skills in pipelaying or pipefitting or steamfitting and sprinklerfitting. Those who have welding experience or certification in environmentally friendly practices are often in high demand, because of their expanded skill set. From this list, it’s clear that plumbers’ expertise is far more than they’re often given credit for — and our lives would be a lot messier without them.
What Can a Plumber Help Me With and Why Does This Benefit Me?
This is briefly covered above, but on a more practical level, if you’re redoing a bathroom or kitchen, or building a totally new home, you’ll need a plumber to help install pipes, fixtures, and sewer lines. If you’re facing a leaky pipe, a plumber is likely the right person to call to fix it.
On the leaky pipe note, around 10% of households in the United States have leaks in their plumbing that winds up wasting as much as 90 gallons of water per day. Families are literally letting money run down the drain. Indeed, the average household could save almost $175 a yer on their water and sewer bills by updating plumbing fixtures and changing some of their water usage habits. Generally speaking, the average United States households spends around around $500 annually on their water and sewer bill.
A plumber can help tighten pipes or replace fixtures that are outdated to keep your bills down. If you have a sewage emergency, plumbing services can help troubleshoot what went wrong with your sewage tank or line to ensure it doesn’t happen again — and help you clean out the current mess. Finding the right plumber is key to good service, so you’ll want to do your research.
How Do I Keep My Sewer Healthy?
Maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure that you avoid needing to call in professional sewer repair. Getting your sewer lines cleaned out can go a long way towards preventing sewer issues down the line. You should make sure that plants (especially trees) are kept a good distance away from sewer lines, since roots can infiltrate and crack sewer lines, especially older clay ones.
Feeding your septic tank and having it inspected by professionals is also important. Watch overloading the tank and your drain field — be smart about what water you’re using. Avoid putting hard food items, grease, or items that don’t break down easily (i.e.: hair, sanitary products, diapers, etc.,) down your drains or flushing them.
Being good to your plumbing and sewer lines makes your life easier overall. Chances are, you only really need to make a few small adjustments to your current lifestyle, but those can have big effects on your bills and your need to call in plumbing services.
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