Ben Franklin once wrote “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” His observation is particularly true when it comes to your plumbing system. Simple preventative actions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs when you have water leaks. There are three critical areas where water leaks are likely to occur where you and your plumber can make a significant impact with some preventative maintenance.
When you need a plumbing repair, you may be unsure whether to call a handyman or a professional plumber. Before making that decision, it helps to understand the differences between a handyman and a plumber from a plumbing repair service. In some cases a handyman may be the appropriate choice, but for plumbing repairs specifically, hiring a plumbing repair service is really the best choice. Here’s why.
What Can a Handyman Do?
Most handymen are jack-of-all-trades, meaning that they offer a variety of services. They may not be trained in any specific area such as plumbing. Many homeowners will hire a handyman to do repairs and maintenance around their homes that they do not have time to do or may be unable to do by themselves such as:
- Cleaning gutters
- Fixing a broken window
- Replacing a door
- Putting up shelves
- Mowing the lawn or yard cleanup
- Minor carpentry or plumbing repairs
In most cases, handymen have not gone through any type of specific training or apprenticeship. They usually are not licensed and may not carry liability insurance to protect their customer in case they cause damage while making a repair. While the cost to hire a handyman is generally less than hiring a plumbing repair service, you also assume more risk. In some areas, handymen are even prohibited by law from performing major plumbing repairs.
By installing one or more tankless water heaters in your home, you will be able to enjoy an unlimited amount of hot water while reducing your energy use. Tankless units require much less space when compared to standard water heater models, which makes them an excellent choice when floor space or indoor space in general are limited. Although the upfront costs of tankless water heaters tend to be higher than conventional models, your monthly savings will begin immediately and will return your initial investment over time.
You may be confused by the term slab leak. In construction terminology, a slab is the large concrete floor in your home. The slab, itself, is not leaking; a water pipe beneath the slab is leaking. This seepage of water is what the construction and insurance industries call a slab leak. It is important to identify any leaks and complete a slab leak repair before it causes severe damage to your home.
Where a Tankless Water Heater Holds Hot Water
Tankless water heater is a water heater that does not store water but rather heats it instantly as it flows through. This means that the water is heated on demand when the user turns on a hot water faucet.