Locate Minor Leaks Now to Avoid Major Repairs
A dripping fixture can do a lot more than keep you up at night. If water pools below a sink, you can end up with serious damage and hefty repair charges. Bathtub fixtures can also leak behind walls, which can increase the risk of toxic mold. These hidden leaks and drips may not present any noticeable warning signs until the problem worsens. That’s why it’s important to regularly schedule maintenance for your plumbing fixtures and do your part to look for water stains on floors and ceilings to catch unseen leaks early.
Just about every plumbing fixture will need maintenance at some point; however, some leaks are unrelated to natural wear. It’s important to remember that plumbing fixtures are not designed to hold weight. For instance, a bathtub spigot should not be used as a footrest and outside faucets shouldn’t be used to hold rolled-up garden hoses. Likewise, shower heads shouldn’t be used to hold caddies filled with heavy bath products. Over-tightening can also lead to dripping faucets, while possibly causing extensive damage to the faucet seat and stem.
Should I Repair the Fixture Myself?
While it is possible for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer to repair a leaky faucet, there are some risks. First, with four types of faucets: compression, ceramic disk, cartridge (sleeve) and ball type, repair procedures can be complicated. In some cases, the fixture may only require a simple O-ring. In other cases, it may require more complex repairs. If the leak is not properly diagnosed and repaired, it’s not uncommon for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers to turn a simple leaky fixture into a major plumbing problem that could’ve been avoided. For this reason, it’s generally best to leave these plumbing issues to our trusted Same Day Service plumbing technicians.
When a plumbing problem arises, you need a reliable company to repair it fast. Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air has three decades of experience providing plumbing services including fixture repair in homes and businesses. We are available seven days a week. Call us today at 888-937-3350 or request an appointment.
Tips for finding interior leaks
Leaks can happen anywhere inside your home, but they are most likely to occur where water pipes and drains connect to appliances. That means your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are the most likely problem areas. Look out for the following signs of potential leaks:
- Water stains – Do you have stains on your drywall or ceiling? These are the most obvious sign of interior water damage.
- Warping or buckling floors – Buckling or warping of your wooden floors, vinyl, or tile surfaces and carpets.
- Meter readings – Check your water bill and meter for signs of a leak.
Contact us today if you are noticing any of these issues.