Are Plumbing Costs And Quality Related?
There is an old saying that goes something like, ‘you get what you pay for.’ This saying references the fact that buying goods and services that are priced extremely cheap is often a waste of time. On the opposite side of this, using a plumbing service that is overpriced can sometimes be seen as choosing ‘quality,’ but is usually just the mark of a dishonest company.
The best way to ensure that you don’t end up with shoddy work or being scammed is doing research about average prices charged. We’ve made this process a bit easier for you by listing three common plumbing problems and what they might cost to fix. Keep reading for more information!
Repairing Leaky Pipes
Ignoring a leaking pipe isn’t something you want to do. When a leaking pipe is ignored minor problems can turn into major ones in a very short period.
Believe it or not, repairing a leaking pipe isn’t terribly expensive. What typically adds to this cost is labor and repairing drywall.
Luckily, this part of the cost can be mostly avoided by calling as soon as the problem presents itself.
Clogged Drains & Their Costs
Strands of hair, toothpaste, grease, soap, and toilet paper all make their way into your drains and toilets. In addition to these things, other items like toys can end up lodged in these spaces when young children are around.
When these things happen, you might experience slow drainage, overflowing toilets, low water pressure, and eventually a cracked pipe or two.
You may be tempted to buy drain snakes or cleaners but using either could cause more harm than good. Drain cleaners are comprised mainly of a chemical called lye. Lye is a corrosive agent that will damage the environment, corrode pipes, and potentially burn the skin, eyes, or lungs. As a non-professional, a drain snake poses less risk but may damage pipes if used incorrectly.
To have a drain professionally unclogged, a plumber might recommend using a drain snake if the clog is near the surface. If the snake cannot reach the clog, hydro jetting might be recommended. Hydro jetting is a process that uses water at high pressures to blast away any blockages. This service is priced based on the severity of the clog and the type of drain that needs the work.
Dripping Faucets Are Bigger Problems Than Often Realized
Other than being a slightly annoying noise, a dripping faucet can be quite costly. Over the course of a year, the water wasted can result in paying more for your bill.
While this amount of money might not average out to much per month, the constant drops of water that splash can be a source of mold and mildew growth.
Finally, faucets that are constantly wet and running even a minute amount of water through them are likely to need replacement prematurely. Luckily, repairing a faucet doesn’t take much time and has very affordable costs.
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