When I look at the title of this blog (H2 Oh No) I can’t help but think of Dorothy dancing down the yellow brick road to Oz singing “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” But what I hear is drips, clogs, and hoses, oh no!
That’s right, the photo above could be your sofa floating in your family room. I know most people think of a leaking faucet or bathroom fixture as a minor thing, and many times it is. But every minor leak has the potential of becoming a major leak, and the typical homeowner or renter has no idea when that might happen. Only an experienced plumbing professional can determine if that leak is truly minor, or has the potential to suddenly get worse.
But that shouldn’t be your only concern about a leak. According to a study done by the folks at IBM, a single faucet leaking a drop per second will waste 27,000 gallons of water a year. One faucet! Even a slow leak can cost you 20 dollars a year, and the average leak can cost you 60 to as much as 200 dollars.
The damage can happen much more quickly with a clogged drain or clogged toilet. Clogged sink drains are one of the leading causes of household flooding, and the blocked drain can be a sign of an underlying problem that only your plumbing professional can fix. There are also health concerns, especially with a block in the bathroom. Stagnant wastewater can become a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria.
By the way, don’t think you’re going to fix the problem just by using some drain cleaning chemicals. Plumbers can tell you they don’t usually work and the harsh chemicals can cause damage to your pipes. And never use liquid drain cleaners on a clogged toilet. It can mix with the bleach that’s in most toilet bowl cleaners and create a poisonous gas. It’s not going to kill you, but it can make you sick.
And that about wraps up this…..oh wait. I said leaks, clogs and hoses oh no! Some of the most devastating household floods are caused by washing machines, especially if the laundry room is on the 2nd floor. It’s not a question of if your washing machine hoses will fail, it’s a question of when. Let your plumbing professional install high-quality replacement hoses. Or if you want complete protection talk to your plumber about a flood stop system. It’s a water sensor that goes on the floor in the washroom, and if it senses water it automatically closes a valve shutting off the water supply and sounds an alarm.
Even if you do everything right, you can still have a household flooding emergency so make sure you keep the plumber’s phone number on your list of emergency contacts because when something does go wrong, acting quickly can save money. Call us today to find out more about plumbing maintenance and our DixieCares Plan.