Repair or Replace? Read This Before You Decide

Repair or Replace? Read This Before You Decide

Your Stuart, FL home’s components will all have to be replaced over time, including your plumbing due to burst pipes and many other reasons. However, when do you know if you need to do a full or partial replacement, or when it would make more sense to do repairs instead?

There are a few telltale signs when it comes to various plumbing items in your home. We’ve put together a handy guide for your reference.

Water Heater

“waterheater”Do you see rust or similar damage on or around your water heater? That may indicate a more serious problem that will be either too costly or unfeasible to repair. How old is your water heater?

They don’t last forever, and it is the kind of thing that you can expect to have to replace eventually. A tankless water heater needs to be replaced after 20 years.

If you are experiencing problems with your hot water, smell something funky or see rust in the water, it may be worth fixing instead. Similarly, if you detect leaks from the water heater, it might just be a valve, but best to get a backup opinion from your plumber.

Kitchen Sink

“kitchensink”Do you need to replace your kitchen sink? If it is a question of a leaky faucet that may very well be easily and inexpensively repaired.

However, if you are dealing with more chronic problems, like frequent clogs, foul odors, and corrosion on your plumbing under the sink that is causing leaks, you should think about a new one.

Shower Top

“showertop”Again, if it is a question of a leak from your shower head, that might be easily repaired. One sign that you should replace your shower?

High water bills. Putting in a low-flow shower head will regulate water flow, save you money and help the environment all at the same time.

Washing Machine

“washingmachine”If your washing machine is under warranty, it is usually a good idea to try and get it repaired because of the low or no cost to you.

There are a variety of reasons that your washing machine isn’t working properly because it is made up of different components. As a rule of thumb, if it is going to cost you 50 percent or more than what you paid for your washing machine, it is probably better to replace it.

Are you wondering if it is time to repair or replace your plumbing? Call us for an expert opinion today before you decide.

Save Money

Save Money on Your Water Bill with These 4 Tips

Save Money on Your Water Bill with These 4 Tips

Save Money

It’s a wise move as a homeowner in Stuart, FL to find ways to save on your bills. No question, home ownership is expensive! One excellent place to try to cut back is with your water use. This is because water is very expensive, so every little bit counts when you are trying to bring down your water bills.

Here are some handy and easy to execute tips on how you can cut back and save.

Be Vigilant for Plumbing Leaks

Water Leak It’s surprising really, how much water a plumbing leak wastes. In fact, a dripping tap, which seems innocent, actually wastes up to 5 gallons of water a day! When you actually break that down to dollars on your water bill, it is extremely compelling to get those leaks fixed right away.

Make a plan to inspect your plumbing on a regular basis. This kind of preventative maintenance will often identify leaks before they have a chance to really develop. Look out for pooling water, mold growth, low water pressure and rising water bills that can’t be explained.

Greywater for your Plants

Water Plants Your plants need water and attention, that’s for sure. However, you can re-use water to cut down on your total consumption.

Think about washing your dishes in a basin and collecting the water to keep your plants hydrated. Consider keeping your cooking liquid and redistributing it over your plants.

Visit Your Carwash Instead

Car Wash There is nothing quite like a newly washed car. Unfortunately, when you wash your car at home, you waste a great deal of water and run up your water bill.

If you take your car to the carwash, you’ll save a lot of money because waste will be minimized. For extra benefit to the planet, take your car to a carwash that recycles water.

Choose a Shower

Shower Having a bath can be very relaxing, but spending that much money to get clean is stressful. It takes way more water to fill a bathtub than it does to have a shower.

Keep your showers energy and financially efficient by setting a timer to make sure that you aren’t in there too long. To make your showers optimally efficient, put in low-flow showerheads to regulate water flow.

If you do need to have a bath (i.e. if you’ve got young kids that can’t do the shower) don’t fill the tub too full. There are water saving opportunities all over your home. You just have to be mindful and committed to finding them.