What came to mind when you read the title of this blog, H2.. Oh NO? I can’t help but think of Dorothy in her red shoes dancing down the yellow brick road singing “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” What I hear though, is drips, clogs, and hoses, oh no!
Wouldn’t it be terrible if that was your sofa floating in the picture above? Most people think a leaking faucet or fixture as a minor problem, and many times it is just that. However, every minor leak wants to become a major leak and the bad news is Joe Homeowner has no idea when that might happen. Only an experienced plumbing professional can quickly determine if that leak is about to get worse and what needs to be done to fix it.
Leaks can be downright wasteful and expensive, too. According to a report from the folks at IBM, a single faucet with a drip per second will send 27,000 gallons of water a year down the drain. That’s just one little old faucet, folks. And don’t forget the cost….. the average faucet/fixture leak can cost anywhere from $60 to $200.
A clogged drain or stopped-up toilet are usually a much more serious problem. Clogged sink drains are a major creator of household floods and a blocked drain can also be an indicator of an underlying problem that only your plumbing professional can fix. Plumbing breakdowns in the bathroom can also lead to unsanitary conditions. Plugged-up toilets create stagnant wastewater, which can become a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria.
By the way, you’re probably not going to fix the problem with some drain cleaning chemicals. They don’t usually work (just ask your plumber) and the harsh, corrosive chemicals can cause damage to your pipes. And never – let’s repeat that, never – use liquid drain cleaners on a clogged toilet. It can mix with bleach toilet bowl cleaners and create a toxic gas. It’s probably not going to kill you, but it can and will make you sick.
And what about hoses, you say? Some of the most devastating household floods happen when your washing machines hoses give out, especially if the laundry room is on the 2nd floor. Washing machine hoses are not meant to last forever, eventually they will fail. So don’t wait until they do, call your plumbing professional and schedule hose replacement. Or if you want more thorough protection, think about installing a floodstop system. It operates with a water sensor mounted in the floor in the washroom. If water on the floor is detected the system automatically shuts off the water to the appliance and triggers an alarm.
Unfortunately, no matter how proactive and preventative you are, a household flooding emergency can happen at any time. So, make sure your plumber’s number is on speed dial- acting quickly can save money. Please call us today to find out about Kotz’s Red Carpet Maintenance Program: or go to https://kotzheating.com/planned-maintenance-program/.