H2…. Oh No? Makes me think of Dorothy dancing down the yellow brick road, off to see the Wizard of Oz, singing “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” But what I really hear is drips, clogs, and hoses, oh no!
Unfortunately, the photo above could be your super-comfy sofa floating in your family room. While a leaking faucet or bathroom fixture is normally a minor thing, it is good to remember this: every minor leak is just itching to become a major leak. Without a crystal ball, most of us have no idea when that might happen. About the only one who does is an experienced plumbing professional, who can quickly determine the severity of the leak.
Another concern about leaks is the waste and cost. According to a study done by the folks at IBM, one faucet leaking one drop per second will waste approximately 27,000 gallons of water per year. Now, let’s talk about the hit to your pocketbook. A slow leak can cost $20 a year and the average leak can add up to anywhere from $60 to $200.
When talking about a clogged drain or clogged toilet, havoc is wreaked much more quickly. Clogged sink drains are one of the top triggers of household flooding. Not only that, but the blocked drain can be a sign of an underlying problem that requires the services of your plumbing professional. Bathroom blockages can also create health issues as stagnant wastewater can become a breeding ground for dangerous contaminants.
And let’s just say this right now: pouring any old cleaning chemicals down the drain or into the toilet is mostly a waste of time and money. Plumbing pros can tell you they don’t usually work and the nasty chemicals will likely damage your pipes. And a big no-no is using liquid drain cleaners on a stopped-up toilet. The drain cleaner chemicals could mix with the bleach that’s in most toilet bowl cleaners, resulting in a noxious gas that could make you and your family sick.
So, that covers leaks and clogs, what about hoses? Some of the most destructive household floods are caused by a busted or leaking washing machines hose. And if your laundry room is upstairs…..a bad hose can be especially disastrous. It’s not a question of if your washing machine hoses will fail, it’s merely a question of when. Have your plumbing professional install high-quality replacement hoses or better yet, talk to your plumber about a flood stop system. Equipped with a floor sensor in the washroom, the system will shut off the water supply to the room if it detects water on the floor and will sound an alarm.
But even if you perform all the preventative maintenance in the book you can still have a household flooding emergency. Be sure to keep the plumber’s phone number on your list of emergency contacts because acting quickly can save money. Call us today for information about The General’s ServicePlus Program.