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Should You Replace or Repair Your Plumbing?

If it isn’t broken, why fix it? Sometimes you may be past the point of repairs, and need to completely replace your pipes. Just because it looks ok, doesn’t mean it’s working properly. Keep reading to find out whether you should be replacing or repairing those potentially vulnerable plumbing areas in your home.

Your Water Heater Might Need Replacement

waterheaterReplacing your water heater can be tough for a homeowner to come to terms with. It seems like an expensive hassle nobody wants.

Unfortunately, it will eventually be necessary. Nothing lasts forever, not even your beloved water heater. Here is a list of ways you can tell if you need to replace your water heater.

● The pilot light is constantly going out.
● The water heater is leaking.
● It’s rusting, or you see corrosion.
● Hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to.
● The warranty is expired.
● You have had to have one or more repairs done on it already.

Check the Kitchen Sink

kitchensinkAny type of sink can wear out over time. Watch for things like rust around the edges or near the taps.

If you notice water forming on the surface around the faucet, you could be facing leaks. If porcelain cracks, rust can form underneath and start leaking.

Should the Shower Top Be Replaced?

showertopIf you have been using the same shower top since you moved into your home 20 years ago, it may be time for a new one. Tacoma, WA, like any other place in North America, heavily treats its water with minerals.

These minerals can get built up within the piping near your shower head. This can form white deposits where the water comes out, blocking water flow. Your shower can also rust over time. Check your shower top for these signs of aging before you decide to have it repaired.

Your Washing Machine

washingmachineNot everything lasts forever, including your washing machine. The average lifespan of a washer is about eight years. Anything beyond that is getting up there and will soon need to be replaced. If your washer moves, shakes, or sounds like an airport when in use, it’s time to call it quits and buy a new one.

Additionally, if it leaks, or the water drum doesn’t completely fill, your washing machine is trying to tell you to let it go. Better to have a new one in mind before your old one breaks down to avoid any inconvenience.

Now you know. Sometimes replacing an appliance altogether can be more beneficial to you as a homeowner. It not only saves you money and time but gives you peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about anything breaking down again for a while.