5 Things Every Smart Homeowner Needs To Know About Pipe Repair
Pipe repair, as important as it seems, tends to be off the radar for many homeowners simply because their pipes are out of sight. As the old adage goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” As a smart homeowner, you pride yourself on being on top of things before they are a problem, but even the most vigilant person can miss something here and there.
Nonetheless, every smart homeowner needs to know a few things about repairs to their home’s pipes, so here are five things to keep in mind:
1. Keep An Eye Out On Things – This seems simple enough, but it falls in line with the idea of just being vigilant. You may not be a home repair expert, but you’d be surprised by how much you can tell if things aren’t right. At the very least, you can make an easy fix or can call a repair person ASAP.
2. Don’t Feel The Need To DIY – Having a plumber handy for major, or minor, pipe repair isn’t a weak moment for a homeowner. You are making a positive decision for your home’s well-being. Pipes, by their nature, are fairly simple items, but they are tasked with doing major work in our homes. Give them the right respect.
3. Don’t Wait To Get Things Fixed/Looked At – Older homes have pipes that are made with materials that were once widely used but have since been replaced with sturdier, longer-lasting products. Be proactive and make yearly inspections of pipe systems a part of your home. Moreover, as you keep an eye out on things, don’t let little things that seem out of place fester. This always spells trouble.
4. Understand That Failures Happen – This isn’t a comment about your own failures; it pertains to your pipes. Though advances in technology make pipe systems able to handle decades of work, things happen. Regardless of your diligence, a repair is inevitable at some point in the life of your home. Plan for them in the same way you responsibly have insurance — it is peace of mind.
5. Know How Your Pipes Function – Sometimes, you need to get right into the thick of things and see how it all works. It is easy to stay inside and get lost in our daily lives without taking notice of the world that immediately surrounds us. Branch out and see how things work under your sink. Get to know the way your stove vents. If you have a pier-and-beam home, get under the house and get a better idea of all that happens. A little know-how is a powerful thing, and while DIY can be a bad things at times, by having a better idea of how your pipes work, the intimidation factor is lessened.
All told, pipe repair and homeownership go hand-in-hand. However, with a little homework, some common sense, and a willingness to gain a little knowledge, fear should never enter the equation regarding your home’s pipes.