4 dumb things we all do to destroy our plumbing
Posted on by on 18th November 2014 with 0 comment
Let’s be honest, when it comes to plumbing, it’s tempting to take a few shortcuts. If you’re not a professional plumber, you may not understand the consequences of failing to repair a leaky pipe. While some Los Angeles residents enjoy home repair projects, many would prefer not to deal with a problem until they absolutely have to (similar to why we might prolong getting a cavity filled; it’s expensive and no fun!).
However, while the simple, cheap solution may work in some instances, it’s not always the best way. From Hollywood to Hermosa Beach, residents should take the best possible steps to solving a plumbing problem in order to avoid headaches later on. In fact, here are a few common, specific mistakes you should never make:
Using a suspiciously cheap plumber
Let’s face it. Some plumbing repairs can be expensive. If your problem requires a costly solution, it’s better to pay a qualified professional now so you don’t make the problem worse. Hiring a super-budget plumber will almost always come back to haunt you. Whether it’s shoddy work, inconsistent scheduling, or failure to deliver as promised, bargain bids are often a sign of shady, unqualified plumbers. Opt for a mid-range quote if possible.
Re-designing your home is exciting. Whether you’re re-doing the bathroom or adding some additional space to the kitchen, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a renovation. However, these projects shouldn’t be done hastily. When planning them, it’s a good idea to consult a plumber Los Angeles can rely on. Joseph Davidson can advise you on how to best attack your renovation and will help deal with your new or improved piping, sinks, showers, and more.
Relying on a past-its-prime water heater
While new construction persists across the city, many of Los Angeles’ homes date back 50 years or more. From Beverly Hills to Burbank, older houses generally have older appliances and fixtures, especially if they haven’t been renovated. Water heaters in particular can become problematic over time. Debris can easily build up and negatively impact the heater’s performance. Meanwhile accumulated rust can affect the water, especially if the tank wasn’t subject to regular flushes by a plumber. If you have an older model, have it inspected and serviced by a professional, or consider upgrading to a tankless model.
Tossing trash into the toilet
If we’re being honest, we’ve all thrown trash into the toilet at some point. Whether you live in a swanky Beverly Hills mansion or chic Hollywood condo, every resident treats his toilet as a waste receptacle from time to time. It’s just convenient. However, this can only go on for so long before the toilet fights back. Whether they’re wrappers or small objects, eventually the pipe will clog and become a headache. Fortunately plunging has a fairly high success rate with removing items, but in difficult cases, a plumber may need to be called. The best solution, of course, is to use the toilet and trash for what they’re intended to do.