Have a Professional Install Your Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades
When it comes to kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures, there are endless possibilities. There are many different finishes such as bronze, brushed nickel, and stainless steel. You can get a waterfall faucet, and you can get fixtures that you can turn on and off with one handle instead of two. You can even get motion-sensing faucets that you can turn on and off without even touching it. When getting a new fixture installed, it is always ideal to get a professional to install it. You want to make sure that it is done correctly and that it will not leak.
A plumber will have all the necessary tools to get the job done correctly, and they will also be trained to know what to look for in case there are issues that arise with the installation. Older homes sometimes are not considered to be up to code and may need to have some updates installed when the new fixture is added to your kitchen or bathroom. You will need to consider a number of factors when choosing the perfect plumbing fixture for your kitchen or bathroom, such as how low your cupboards hang, and whether you fill and wash large pots. You may also want to add some extras such as a soap dispenser or a sprayer to make clean up easier. You will also need to pay attention to how many holes are already in your sink as there are different options when it comes to choosing a faucet. You could have only one hole, or you may have up to four. If you want to pick out a faucet that will not work with your current set-up, you will have to replace the sink.
Unfortunately, sometimes you will get a leak somewhere in your home and it isn't always obvious where the source is. You may need to do your detective work and find out where it is coming from. Sometimes you may not even notice that you have a leak, but there are a few ways that you can tell if you have a leak. If you suspect that you may have a leak, you can shut off all the water in your home and check your water meter. It shouldn't be running, but if it is, it could mean that you have a leak somewhere. A slower leak may require you to have to keep an eye on it for a couple of hours and refrain from running any water.
Your water usage should not exceed 12,000 gallons of water in a month, and if you are going above that, you probably have a leak. You should keep an eye on your bill as well. If you normally have a pretty steady bill and it is suddenly higher, you could have a leak. These are just a few indications that you may have a plumbing issue and you will need to call in the professionals right away.
Toilets use about 30% of your total water usage so you should test yours to make sure that it is running correctly, without any leaks. To do this, you could add a couple of drops of food coloring to the tank and wait about 10 minutes. If the color ends up in your bowl, then you have a leak. You can also check your exterior water usage as leaks can occur outside of the home as well. Check your spigots to make sure that they are not dripping and check the connection of your garden hose. You may have to replace the rubber gasket and you may also need to call a professional to ensure that your irrigation system is not causing you to waste water.
You should regularly check under your sinks to make sure that there is no leak. Even a small leak can cause extensive damage and thousands of dollars in repairs if left untreated for a duration of time. You should also be very in-tune to your home if it is over 25 years old as it is more likely that it will get leaks due to the aging of pipes and other plumbing components.