Should You Repair or Replace Your Plumbing – A Guide
As a Mesa, AZ homeowner, every dollar counts when it comes to your home maintenance, so trying to determine if it is smarter to repair something or to replace it really matters.
Regarding your home plumbing, there are a number of fixtures and appliances that, depending on age and problem, it makes more sense to replace than repair.
But how do you know the difference? We’ve compiled some helpful hints to help you decide.
The Kitchen Sink Question
Is your sink slow to drain or smells bad? You can likely fix this easily with a drain cleaning and avoiding letting food scraps fall down the drain in the kitchen. However, if you’ve got a leak going on, it can be a different story.
Open up the cabinetry beneath the sink and check out the pipes. Are they rusty? Are there signs of water damage? Corrosion can cause major pipe damage, and costly leaks, so it is smart to get it replaced.
Time for a Washing Machine Replacement?
Since washing machines are made up of so many different components, it is often a case of making a small repair to get it up and running again.
However, if your machine is more than eight years old, it may not be that simple.
Also, if you hear loud noises, if it shakes during use or is leaking, it may make more sense to replace it.
Water Heater: Repair or Replace?
If your water heater is more than 10-15 years old (storage tank heater) or 20 years old (tankless heater) then the money you invest to repair it may be a waste because it is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Other trouble signs include corrosion, leaking and loud banging noises.
Did you know that you can maintain your water heater and extend its lifespan by draining it every year, about halfway? It gets rid of sediment that can cause corrosion.
Do I Replace my Shower?
Have you noticed that the water pressure is off in your shower? If it is limited to the shower head (if it is everywhere in your home, that could be the indication of another problem) then you need to replace it.
Also be wary of black mold, rust or sediment buildup. These all scream “replace”. When you do replace it, put in a low-flow model to save more money on your water bills.
Plumbing doesn’t last forever. Does yours need to be replaced? Ask us for our opinions.