Regrettably, everything in life eventually wears out, and as home repairs go, Gilbert plumbing repair is one of the most pressing. Among the most common plumbing repairs are those involving toilets. While the toilet itself usually has a long lifespan, the components inside the tank do not. The lifespan of the lever, flapper and valve is generally less than 5 years, and often need to be replaced even sooner. The most common signs of a problem here are a toilet that continues to run long after it has been flushed, or a toilet that fails to flush at all when you press the handle.
Sink faucets tend to develop leaks and drips. Many people in Gilbert attempt repairs, but the lifespan of a faucet is seldom more than 15 years. Furthermore, if a faucet is old enough that gaskets need replacing it is probably old enough and possibly unattractive enough to justify replacement. Replacing a faucet is not much more work than repairing it, and since current styles of faucets change over the years, a new faucet is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update the décor of a room.
Leaking pipes sometimes come with age, sometimes from corrosion, sometimes from improper installation. Whatever the cause, it will need to be dealt with quickly in order to avoid more damage. Look for the leak wherever pipes are accessible to view, such as under sinks and toilets. Most likely the leak will be in a joint, unless the pipe is damaged by corrosion, or has been physically damaged, such as being punctured while digging. If you can’t see a leaking pipe, look for puddles on the floor, or water marks on walls and ceilings. To prevent further water damage, and possibly avoid dangerous mold or even structural damage, turn off the water supply until a Gilbert plumber arrives. Any water leak can result in a major spike in your water bill!
Water Heater Repairs
Well before your water heater gives out completely it may begin giving you warning signs. Does your water heater take longer than it did in the past to provide hot water? That may be a sign that it is time for a water heater replacement. A change in the amount of hot water available is another common warning sign. During the life of your water tank minerals and salts, such as calcium and magnesium steadily build up. Once enough build up adheres to your tank to reaches the lower element, it’s time for a new water heater. In addition, the sediment build up is taking up the space that water is supposed to be, so you have that much less hot water available to you at all times. A leaking water heater is probably the most obvious sign that it needs to be replaced. These leaks frequently cannot be repaired. Whatever the problem is, you should take into account that the average lifespan of a Gilbert Arizona water heater is 10 years. When any appliance that is near the end of its expected lifespan requires repairs, the best choice is probably to purchase a new, more efficient appliance.