We’ve all been home a little more than usual lately. For many homeowners this means an opportunity to work on home improvement projects. It’s a good time to tackle small plumbing leaks, water heater replacements, new plumbing fixtures, and more. Even if you are experienced at DIY projects, there are times when recognizing a need for an experienced Maryland plumber could save you time, money or both in the end. Let’s take a look at a few common home improvement projects that require plumbing work.
Leaks develop in all sizes. The location and size of a leak can dictate the need for a plumbing professional, as well as the homeowner’s ability to employ proper plumbing supplies. A leak in a plumbing joint or even pinhole leaks in an accessible pipe may be reparable by a homeowner so long as the proper supplies are available, like plumbing tape, joint compound and wrenches. Larger leaks that result in water stains, puddling and other water damage warrant inspection by a licensed Maryland plumber. Some slow leaks may be undetectable but will increase water usage (water waste) and add to your utility bills. If you notice a change in your water bill or a significant usage increase, a plumber is the best option to analyze the changes and locate the leak source(s).
Many homeowners take on the task of maintaining their water heaters. The primary steps to water heater maintenance are:
1. Reset the temperature pressure release valve.
2. Check the anode rod.
3. Drain the tank and clear sediment.
4. Adjust the temperature.
5. Insulate the cold and hot water pipes.
6. Insulate the water heater.
If these tasks sound daunting, a licensed Maryland plumber can provide an inspection and assist with changes needed to keep your water heater running smoothly. If your water heater is 10 years or older, it’s time to consider a new appliance before it becomes an emergency. The plumbing team at Hague Quality Water of Maryland is available to discuss your water needs, space, heat source and budget to find the best fit for your home.
Pipe replacement is most often required in older homes, especially homes with lead or corroded pipes. Other problems emerge from low-quality installation, maintenance issues, or damages. Here’s the breakdown of the average lifespan of different types of plumbing:
- Copper: 50+ years
- Brass : 40-45 years
- Cast Iron: 75-100 years
- Galvanized Steel: 20-50 years
- PVC: Indefinite
If the age of your pipes falls past or near these guidelines, contact a plumber to inspect and provide information on the condition of your home’s pipes.
Upgrading and replacing plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, sinks, toilets, and shower heads, are home improvement projects commonly completed by homeowners themselves. If you are replacing these items, note the differences in size, shape and fittings between the old and new fixtures. Big differences will be more complex to replace and may require a plumber’s expertise.
If you aren’t sure about how to complete your next plumbing project, contact the plumbing professionals at Hague Quality Water of Maryland. In most cases, we can provide a free estimate and complete the work during the same visit. If you prefer to start an estimate online, get started today on our website.