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How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your Plumbing

You may have spotted a leak or some other plumbing trouble, but how do you know whether it is worth repairing or it is time to do a full replacement?

For instance, over time, your plumbing pipes will rust and leak, so it can be cost-saving just to replace them to avoid water damage.What about some other fixtures and appliances? What should you do about those? Here is what we suggest:

Your Washing Machine

“washingmachine”Washing machines, because they are made up of many different components, may often break down if one component isn’t working well.

In that case, it might be worth investigating if you can repair a single component to extend the life of the machine.

However, signs that you might need to replace it are excessive noises or excessive leaking. A little groan or small amount of water here and there is no big deal, but more than that and you probably need a new washing machine.

Replace Your Kitchen Sink?

“kitchensink”Beyond your décor reasons, how do you know if it is time to replace your kitchen sink? Are you having chronic problems with leaks, particularly under the sink?

Is there a foul odor in your sink that you can’t seem to get rid of? Are clogs there more often than not? It might be worthwhile getting the sink plumbing redone and a whole new sink at the same time.

Water Heater Replacement?

“waterheater”The first telltale sign is the age of your water heater. If you have a tankless water heater, it should last about 20 years.

A regular storage tank can survive for about 10-15 years. If your water heater is older, than you likely need a new one right off the bat.

Other signs that it may be beyond repair is if it is rusty, extremely leaky or making lurching noises.

When to Replace the Shower Head

“showertop”It’s not uncommon for shower heads to leak, which you can most often fix with a handy wrench. However, if the leaks won’t go away, it might be a better idea to get a new one.

While you are at it, you can replace it with a low flow shower head, which will save you money on your water bills.

Want to learn more about how eco-friendly plumbing fixtures can help reduce your water bills in Apple Valley, MN? Call us today.

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