No matter if you’re watching a local or national news broadcast, you are likely to hear a story about how many people are choosing to not purchase a home & remain renters. Often cited as the reason for most people deciding that owning a home isn’t their “thing” is the amount of things you have to keep up with for home maintenance, which includes pipe repair.
There was a time in the history of this country when owning a home was part of “The American Dream”, but it also is important to note that the knowledge-base was a little different then. More people were able to be self-sufficient & work on things around their house with some level of ease. Nowadays, our attention is elsewhere, lending to the idea that something like pipe repair sounds like the most difficult thing to ever undertake.
But is pipe repair really that important to know anything about? In truth, we know what pipes do and how they should work, but when it comes to repair and maintenance, is there really a reason to have any background in it, especially if you’re not a vocational kind of person?
Of course it’s important! Your pipes, and your home’s plumbing system as a whole, are the circulatory system of your house. As it would in your own body, a problem in the circulation means you’re messing with the heart of what makes your home operate.
Still on the fence about pipe repair? Here are five reasons to finally get you in gear about your pipes today:
Spot Problems Early – If you at least know what things should, or shouldn’t, look like when it comes to your pipes, it’ll be easier to know when something is ‘off’.
DIY Repairs Save Money – By spotting a basic issue like a loose fitting or a need for a PVC repair coupling, you can save money by making the repairs yourself.
Temporary Fixes are Only Temporary – Keep in mind that as you are repairing some things on your own, you also may be apt to try temporary fixes or “hacks” you read about online. They may prove to be useful in a pinch, but always remember that a full repair is necessary.
Rethink Remodeling Projects – Remodeling projects can often include changing out cabinetry & sinks. What many homeowners fail to realize is that if you don’t take measurements for all of your plumbing changes prior to starting the job, you’ll have to waste more time & money fixing it all later.
Changes How You Shop for a New Home – Even though home purchases include an inspection, having some working knowledge about pipe repair allows you to be part of the process. Look around as necessary, and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty in the attic or under the house. Ask questions when something seems odd to you. If you’re shopping for a “fixer-upper”, your new knowledge will be vital in knowing if repairs are doable or if you’re in over your head.
Pipe repair isn’t glamorous or exciting, but it is a necessary part of being a homeowner. Whether it’s a project you take on or one you bring in a trusted local plumber for, keeping your home’s pipes in good running condition is a benefit to the operation of your home & your peace of mind.