How Does Preventive Maintenance Ultimately Save Me Money?
Preventative maintenance is checking over everything to make sure it is working. Small problems can be caught before they turn into much bigger and more costly problems. This can lead to everything working better, and smaller water and electric or gas bills.
Leaks and Drips
Leaks occur usually where two pieces meet, but can also result from cracks. Leaks can lead to a serious high water bill, mold, and water damage. A simple drip from a leak may not seem like much but over time it uses much water. A leaky toilet can use up an extra 90 gallons of water a month.
Mold can result from the water and can grow on and in pretty much anything. Wood, ceramic, and drywall are not exempt from its effects. Mold is not the only water damage that can occur: walls and floors can be weakened over time, metal corroded, and vinyl flooring forever warped.
Slow Moving Pipes
Pipes that are slow to drain could indicate a partial block or mineral buildup. Mineral buildup is very difficult to remove and can buildup enough to completely block pipes. The minerals can also eat through pipes and create holes and leaks. Blockages in pipes can lead to things like the toilet or dishwasher water backing up into other areas of the plumbing and home. Not only can that cause costly water damage but a big mess to clean up.
Some appliances have hoses to handle water flow to and from them, such as a dishwasher and a laundry washer. These hoses can be slowly damaged over time or become clogged. When this happens the hose could burst or back up water into the appliance.
A burst hose or even a leaky hose could mean a higher water bill, a big mess to clean up, and the bill to fix water damage. Water backing up into the appliance can lead to objects not getting cleaned and more water usage in order to get them cleaned. And it could lead to needing to replace the appliance.
The water heater is one of the most important things to maintain. Minerals can build up inside and buildup on the heating element. The more the heating element is covered, the far more work the heater has to do to heat the water. And the higher your electric bill goes and the shorter the heater’s life becomes. The pressure relief valve can also become corroded and leak around it, but if checked regularly it should not corrode.
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