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Home Plumbing FAQs
Whether you’re a brand new homeowner or are a seasoned vet who’s wanting to avoid some of the plumbing problems of the past, there’s always something to learn about plumbing. Security Building Services has the answers you’re looking for. If we don’t answer all your questions, feel free to give us a call — we’d love to help!
What should I know about my home’s plumbing?
As a homeowner, there are so many things to know, and it can be intimidating to try and figure it all out. But if you can know just a few of these things about your home’s plumbing, you’ll be in good shape:
- Type of Pipes: You might need to do a sewer scope to figure out your home’s pipes. Knowing whether they’re plastic (PVC, PEX) or metal (copper, galvanized steel, lead) provides you and your plumber with a lot of information.
- Main Water Shutoff Valve: This is important to know for when you need to shut off your water supply, like before going on vacation. Typically this valve can be found in the basement.
- Water Heater: Know where your water heater is, and what type it is — tankless, condensing, and conventional are some of the most common.
- Boiler: Boilers aren’t as common as they once were, but it’s also good to know if this is how your home gets heated. We can provide maintenance and repair on boilers if you have one.
When should I hire a plumber, and when should I fix the problem myself?
There are certain plumbing fixes, like a clogged drain or toilet, that are pretty easy to figure out on your own. However, if you don’t know how to fix something, hiring a plumber is your best bet.
Part of this is because seemingly small plumbing issues can be pretty costly. A running toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day, and can end up costing you $75-$150 a month. You’re not just dealing with a plumbing problem, you’re dealing with the subsequent water (and water bill) issues as well.
When a problem arises, ultimately you have to be the judge. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the work yourself or are unsure that you can get the job done, working with a plumber is your best bet. Plus, your plumber will likely tell you how to resolve certain issues if they come up again.
Is a leaky pipe something I can fix myself?
Tons of patching kits exist to DIY the leaky pipe. However, these are meant to be temporary fixes and don’t usually solve the problem.
In the moment, it’s more than fine to try and fix the leaky pipe yourself. Just know that it usually isn’t a permanent solution, and you’ll likely need to rely on a plumber to get it repaired professionally.
What does plumbing maintenance look like?
Every 1-2 years: Have a professional plumbing inspection. Newer homes can likely go every two years; older homes should be checked every year.
Every 20-50 years: Supply line pipes will need to be replaced. This is highly dependent on the type of pipes you have and how old they are. Consult with our plumbers to get a more thorough estimate, or find out at your next annual plumbing inspection.
Every 75-100 years: Drain lines will need to be replaced if they’re made of cast iron. PVC pipes, on the other hand, can continue lasting indefinitely.
What are some signs that I should call a plumber?
Even when it seems like everything is functioning normally, there are still a few signs that a plumber should come by your home:
- Increase in Water Bill
If you see a sudden spike in your water bill that seems unusual, you likely have a plumbing problem. Schedule a plumbing inspection with Security Plumbing to get to the root of the issue.
- Dribbling Faucets
If your sink or shower dribbles, this is usually caused from low water pressure, and can sometimes be tough to fix. It can end up costing you over time, which is why a plumber will be able to identify the cause of the dribble and point you in the right direction.
- Leaking Water Heater
A leaky faucet can be a pretty quick fix (but if you’d rather have it handled by the professionals, don’t hesitate to call us!). A leaking water heater, on the other hand, can lead to greater issues and be symptomatic of a bigger problem. You can do a few things to try and diagnose the issue, such as figure out the source of the leak and turn off the water supply, but you’ll ultimately want a plumber to decide if you need a repair or a replacement. Security Plumbing can handle either outcome and we’ll be happy to help.
- Burst Pipes
When water freezes in your pipes, it can expand and cause the pipe to burst. Plumbers are the ones who can take care of the issue, repair as needed, and begin the water abatement process.
Getting a new sink, dishwasher, or washing machine? Our Denver plumbers can help you set it up. The last thing you want is to lose money on an already costly new appliance or fixture.
- Recurring Blockages
If you continue having the same blockage problems over and over, this is likely due to a bigger issue. A non-flushable item, a buildup of sediment, or even a tree root can all cause heavier blockages, and require professional plumbers to remedy the problem.
Whether it’s an emergency or a routine checkup, whether it’s a repair or a replacement, Security Building Services in Denver are the experts to call. With more than four decades of experience, we are the specialists you can rely on for the best in residential plumbing. Get started with Security Building Services — call today.