How to Tell if Your Plumbing Needs Repairs or Replacement
Posted by Drain King Plumbers on 11-10-2021
It is important to know when to service and when to repair plumbing fixtures. Contacting professional plumbing repair services in Toronto to diagnose the problem and determine the best course of action for you is the only way to find out what you should do without guessing. Plumbing fixtures are exchangeable components that allow water to be delivered and drained from an existing plumbing system.
A typical plumbing fixture is a bathtub, bidet, trench drain, sink, shower, taps, toilet, dishwashers, humidifiers, or an icemaker.
Listed below are the top five indicators that it might be time to replace your plumbing fixtures:
If you maintain your toilet properly, it could last forever. Unless you are remodelling and refinishing your bathroom, you may never have to replace your toilet. The wax ring seal below the floor can be replaced without having to replace the whole unit, even if your unit leaks. Unfortunately, if the porcelain is cracked, you have no choice but to replace it. This is an absolute emergency, and you need to replace your toilet immediately.
Most leaking faucets can be repaired by replacing one of their internal components. However, most plumbers and homeowners purchase a new faucet because it’s relatively inexpensive. In addition, you may want to replace your faucet if it’s not visually appealing. An old or tarnished faucet can still accomplish its purpose, but the appearance does not look very good, which is why most people choose to replace them, especially if they are thinking of selling their home.
Upgraded dual flush toilets are becoming quite popular due to their ability to reduce water consumption and save you money on your water bill. As far as water consumption is concerned, even if things are running normally with your bathroom, you should know that there are more water-efficient alternatives available. A remodelling project, for example, may not be strictly functional but purely aesthetic. In addition to plumbing fixtures, upgrading other fixtures when remodelling includes sinks, bidets, showers, and bathtubs.
Flushing Mechanism Failure
When a toilet flushing mechanism breaks or wears out, it becomes difficult to repair. This is because the mechanism contains a lot of moving parts. Therefore, the tank’s interior needs to be replaced. The flushing mechanism of your toilet may break down, resulting in it running continuously and consuming a lot more water as well as no longer flushing. You may need to consult a plumber to determine your options.
Broken Shower Hoses
Among the most worn and corroded plumbing fixtures is the shower hose. Generally, a person will not keep the hose in the same location. Shower hoses are frequented by many people throughout the day as they pull them up and down. If that is the case, you will often need to replace the entire shower system, including the wall mounts.
Is it a good idea to replace old plumbing materials?
Inefficient and plumbing pipes can also be a health hazard for your family. Water from pipes installed in the 1980s or earlier could contain lead components. Identify the material of the damaged pipe before you take any other actions.
The question remains relevant if you’re looking to fix or replace a non-pipe fixture. Older water heaters, water softeners, showerheads or faucets won’t work as well or contain the same features as new ones. If you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, ask yourself whether installing a new fixture would save you money.
Does It frequently give me problems?
Your plumbing should be replaced if it frequently breaks down. It’s one thing when the leak is the first one. The second, third and seventh leaks can be very worrying. You should record how often each leak needs to be repaired. Is there a chance you will have a new repair problem as soon as you fix that leak? Every plumbing fixture has its own unique repair problem.
A leaky pipe or corroded pipes can cause clogs and leaking. No matter how many parts you replace, toilets can leak or constantly run, no matter how much you clean them.
Some showerheads might discolour the water or fail to function despite all your cleaning. You may encounter leaks or overheat at your water heater. Analyze the type and frequency of your problems. Fixing a fixture won’t make much sense if you’re going back to square one again in less than a month.
Can it last for much longer?
If you are moving away shortly or your plumbing is relatively new, consider having it repaired professionally.
No matter how confident you are that a repaired fixture won’t trouble you for a while, it is worth checking how old it is and how much longer you think it will last. Even the sturdiest of plumbing fixtures have a limited lifespan.
Sometimes, repair problems are unavoidable, but they can also indicate a failing system. Determine the age of the problem fixture, if you can. When was the fixture installed? How old is the house? Does it get used frequently?
The more you know about how old the fixture is, the better you can identify the kind of problem. The idea that you’ll eventually have to replace all the old fixtures may not be a good one, but it’s worth considering. We often figure it out by math: how much time can one get from repairing this appliance? How likely is it that this fixture will fail again? Taking these two questions into account, next we must ask:
What will it cost me if I don’t replace it?
Replace a damaged plumbing appliance if it could save you money over the long run. Once you know how often you encounter a problem, this is the first thing you must ask yourself.
Are repairs long enough to warrant the cost? Will you eventually have to replace it again if you live here long enough? If you have to spend money on a repair at that time, will you regret it?
The cost of making these decisions is virtually impossible to determine in advance. You have to gauge the cost of each job based on what you know: the length of time you will reside in your home, the age of the fixtures, and how frequent the problems are.
Repairs are likely the best option when a fixture has a minor fault, is not old, or you’re not planning on staying long. Replacement is a common option if you live in a “forever home.”
The debate between repair and replacement probably already exists in your mind. That’s like “doubling down versus quitting while you’re ahead.” But, like in that case, there isn’t always an obvious answer for repairing versus replacement.
If you find yourself struggling with a “repair or replace” problem, use these steps the next time you encounter it. If you’re experiencing a clog or blockage, the best idea is to call in a professional. For more information about clogged drains, call Drain King Plumbers at 833-983-5663 or contact us here.