The hot water handle came off in your hand. Although you had known for a long time that you needed to make some updates and repairs in your 20 year old home, the day the faucet literally fell off when you turned was the breaking point. That night you and your husband sat down and had a serious conversation. It started with a simple talk about faucet repair, but moved into a lengthy discussion about some whole house remodeling plans. You talked about everything from hot water heater replacement to upgrading the HVAC system in your home.
In the past, it has been your inattention more than money that has kept you from staying ahead of the projects in your home. With a newly created detailed list about all of the tasks that you want to accomplish in your home, you are hoping that you will be able to make some real progress. You want to move from the current state of going from one emergency to another, and instead make a detailed plan of the projects that you would like to address.
Plumbing Problems and Sewer Repair Work Can be Costly If They Are Ignored Too Long
It is only mildly negligent to ignore a minor faucet repair in your home, but it makes no sense to ignore signs of larger plumbing a sewer problems. Slow drains and lingering smells are one sign that you might have something more major than a faucet repair in your future.
Home owners who proactively address their home maintenance issues can end up spending significantly less when they are compared to home owners who are simply reacting to one home emergency after another. Tankless water heaters, for instance, with proper maintenance can last for many years. If you fail to pay attention to the regular service needs, however, you may find yourself having to replace a very expensive, but necessary, feature of your home.
Consider some of these estimates about some of the basic home maintenance work in houses that involve plumbing, sewers, and heating and cooling:
- 91% of participants said they plan to install energy efficient toilets during bathroom remodels, according to a Houzz survey.
- 69% of all jobs requested were for kitchen remodeling, making it the second most popular request, according to a National Association of Home Builders survey.
- 10% of homes that have leaks waste 90 gallons or more of water every single day.
- Fixing household water leaks that are easily corrected can save homeowners as much as 10% on their water bills.
- Household plumbing consists of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings freshwater in, and the other subsystem takes wastewater out.
- The nation’s 500,000-plus miles of sewer lines are an average of over thirty years old, according to a recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers.