Wondering if you should repair or replace your plumbing
When you are dealing with your plumbing, it is hard to know if you should invest money in repairs or if you should just replace whatever the fixture or system is. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that let you know whether it is wise to repair your plumbing or to simply get new stuff.
That said, you are never alone in this decision process; you can always call on your trusty Round Lake, IL plumber for guidance on repiping.
The Washing Machine Conundrum
If you are having washing machine trouble, at what point should you simply get a new one? Generally speaking, if your machine is eight years old or more, it probably isn’t worth trying to fix, as its lifespan is drawing to a close. As a rule, if you need to spend 50 percent or more than what you paid to purchase it, it’s not money worth spending.
If your unit is shaking when you use it, leaking a lot of water or making banging and rattling noises, then it is a good idea to replace it.
Water Heater Replacement
Age is also a good indicator with your water heater. They don’t last forever, so you don’t want to sink money into repairing it if it is nearing the end of the lifecycle; tankless heaters last about 15-20 years and storage tanks in the range of 10-15 years.
Some common signs that a water heater is on its way out are corrosion, weird noises, and major leaks. Small leaks may be a valve problem that is usually pretty easily fixed.
Replace the Sink?
Do you need a new sink? Look at the faucet. If it has a small drip, that can usually be fixed. A funky smell coming from the drain can likely be removed with a drain cleaning, or you can even try a DIY home remedy of baking soda and vinegar.
As for the plumbing under the sink, if you have rust on your pipes, you may not have a leak, but you soon well. Rust decays pipes and can cause major leaks. You are wise to replace them proactively.
If you spot black mold on any part of your shower, get rid of it and look for leaks, which may be the reason behind the mold growth.
As for your shower head, if you see sediment, or have problems with water pressure, it’s worthwhile to simply replace it.
Knowing what to watch for with your plumbing can save you a lot of money.
Dave, Mike & Matt were our guys from estimate to installation. All of our workers did amazing work. They were on time, worked efficiently, explained…
Mike and Tim were a great help with my water heater issue. They went over what the problem was, what the solutions were, and did…
Very friendly phone operators. Professional workers. Arrived very quickly and it wasn’t even a serious emergency. Very good communication throughout the whole process with every…
These guys are WONDERFUL! Especially if you have an older home and old pipes. We have the service package that covers pipes, boiler (heating) and…
We had water coming through our kitchen ceiling and someone was able to come out same day and identify the problem. Michael B and Aaron…