When you first notice a dripping faucet, it’s already time to fix it. Normally a quick trip to the hardware store will land you the parts you need (usually a simple gasket) to do the job. Zip, Zap and you’re done. But there are some situations when it’s best to call a plumbing service company. All About Plumbing and Septic, of Asheville and Hendersonville, NC is the area’s best and first choice for affordable plumbing service. Give them a call today for more information!
Does a dripping faucet really waste much water?
The short answer is yes. If you’ve got a faucet that leaks a drip every second, that comes to 2.85 gallons a day or over 1040 gallons a year. Americans average using 17 gallons per shower, so that’s 61 showers lost down the drain. Add to this the fact that all the faucets in your house are probably the same age, since they were in theory all installed when the house was built. So if you’ve got one leaky faucet, chances are others will be very soon. It’s probably a good idea to change out all the gaskets while you’ve got the main water turned off and prevent even more water loss.
If DIY projects are your thing, then grab the right gaskets and go for it. Be sure you know how to shut off the main water as well as the water valves for each fixture, such as the kitchen sink. If you don’t know how to do this, it’s probably best to call a reputable plumber to avoid a serious problem from the beginning.
DIY isn’t for everyone, and in some cases amateur errors can cause great harm. Hiring a professional will help minimize these errors, and will get the job done much more efficiently and effectively than hit-or-miss doing it yourself. Not only that, but a professional plumber can spot other issues like mold, which should be addressed before it turns into health issues.
When to Hire a Plumber
When there’s a plumbing emergency, forget DIY and call a pro. If you want to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, a professional plumber can help you get the project done on time and on budget. They also know when permits are needed, and what the building codes are for your area.
All About Plumbing and Septic is the Asheville/Hendersonville, NC area’s best choice for professional, affordable plumbing service. Whether you need faucet drips fixed or are looking at a kitchen makeover, call them today for more information!