As a homeowner, you may take for granted the plumbing system through which water enters into and out of your Bradenton, Florida, home. But when a pipe becomes damaged or a leaky faucet proves problematic, you can quickly discover how these issues can affect your life and your household budget. From new home construction to monthly maintenance, homeowners can find ways to make better spending decisions related to their home plumbing systems.
New Plumbing Installations With New Home Construction
Naturally, building a new home incurs the greatest amount of plumbing costs. But knowing what you’ll need to spend for a quality plumbing system isn’t necessarily something every homeowner understands how to do. Contacting our insured and state-licensed plumbers at Aqua Plumbing & Air can help you figure out what you’ll ultimately spend on construction costs.
Keep the following points in mind when you’re discussing costs with your plumber.
Size of Your Home
Linear or square footage estimates can be a place to start, but you need to go beyond these measurements alone. You also need to think about the number of plumbing fixtures and appliances using plumbing in your home. For example, adding four full bathrooms to a medium-sized home will cost much more than a house with one full bathroom and half-baths with a single shower stall, sink, and toilet. Similarly, installing a master bathroom with dual sinks or a whirlpool tub requires more complex plumbing installations that can affect project costs.
Amount of Excavation
Depending on your location, you may need to connect your home to city sewer lines or a private septic system. Developed subdivisions generally allow contractors easier access to water and sewer connections compared to undeveloped plots of land that may not have sewer or water lines nearby.
Types of Plumbing Materials
Think about the types of materials you’ll use for the plumbing pipes and fittings. Copper and PEX are the two most common types of materials you’ll find used for home plumbing systems.
PEX is a flexible, high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) commonly used in plumbing for new home constructions. This flexibility gives the material the ability to withstand stress from repeated plumbing use. Copper piping is also fairly resilient as well, but costs more to install in a home than PEX piping. Over time, however, copper can corrode or develop pinhole leaks, which could lead to potential pipe bursts or materials from the metal entering the water flowing through the pipes.
Since no two home construction projects are ever the same, consulting with one of our Aqua Plumbing & Air specialists will help you to better budget for the cost of plumbing in new home construction.
Types of Plumbing Fixtures
Today, homeowners can find several types of plumbing fixtures that can save money and increase your home plumbing system’s longevity. Gravity-flush toilets, aerators, water-flow restrictors, low-flow showerheads, and faucets with sensors that turn water on and off automatically are all items you should consider when planning for plumbing fixtures in a new home.
To help you better understand your options, one of our Aqua Plumbing & Air home specialists can review all the features of these plumbing fixtures so that you can make the right choices when you’re ready to make your purchases.
Monthly Plumbing Maintenance That Can Save You Money
Learning the mechanics of your home’s plumbing system and how to make some simple repairs can save you money by preventing larger issues, such as water damage, from occurring.
The following three monthly maintenance tasks are ones you can do to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.
Clean Your Drains
Commercial drain cleaners can be harsh on your pipes, so avoid using these products unless you absolutely need to. A more pipe-friendly cleaning agent is a simple solution of equal parts baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water. This mixture not only keeps drains smelling fresher, but it can also keep drains from clogging.
Flush Toilets and Run Water in Little-Used Areas
If you have a large family living in your home, this task may not apply to you. But empty nesters and single occupants of homes may not use every toilet, sink, bathtub, or shower throughout their house every day. Taking time at least once a month to flush toilets and run water down drains in little-used areas of the home can help to keep pipes in these areas of your home in good working condition.
Check for Leaks
Catching small problems before they become major ones is especially important with home plumbing systems. Take some time each month to go into your attic, or crawl space, is possible, and look at the network of pipes for any damages or leaks.
In addition to these tasks you can do on your own, Aqua Plumbing & Air offers homeowners our comprehensive plumbing maintenance plans. Backed by the State of Florida, these insurance plans can help you protect your home from major plumbing issues and save you money by preventing expensive plumbing repairs.
Plumbing Situations That Require Professional Help
Even with the best maintained plumbing systems, you as a homeowner may run into some problems that you simply shouldn’t try to tackle on your own. Thinking you can install a new sink or fix a severely damaged pipe can lead to major and expensive repairs. Below, we describe several plumbing situations that call for attention from one of our Aqua Plumbing & Air team members.
Sudden and Significant Reduction in Water Pressure
In a properly maintained home plumbing system, water should flow smoothly through faucets, showerheads, and toilets in your home without any interruptions. However, over time, sediments including calcium can build up inside water aerators or showerheads, restricting water flow. Cleaning these devices on your own generally takes care of the problem.
However, if after you’ve cleaned these devices you still notice issues with sudden or significant reductions in water pressure for no reason, then you may have a more serious problem. A damage or leak in a pipe leading into your home from the outside could seriously affect your home’s foundation. In these situations, you’ll want to contact a professional as soon as possible to isolate the cause of the problem.
Severely Clogged Drains
Occasionally, you may encounter a stubborn drain that won’t allow water to pass through it. While plungers and home drain-cleaning solutions (see section “Clean Your Drains” above) can correct minor clogs, clearing severely clogged drains is a job that is best left to a professional plumber.
Septic Tank or Sewer Line Breaks or Leaks
Homes in areas of Florida not served by municipal sewer systems rely on private septic systems to store and partially treat household waste. These systems are generally buried in a home’s backyard. Keeping your septic tank and sewer lines running into and away from your home in proper working condition can cut down on major and expensive repairs.
Septic tanks should be cleaned regularly to remove sludge from the tank and keep water properly flowing through it. Pay attention to the following signs that could point to a break or a leak in your home’s septic tank:
- Odors or wet spots in drainage-field areas
- Sewage surfacing above ground in areas around the tank
- Plumbing backups in your home
- Slow-draining sinks or toilets that don’t seem to have clogs in them
- Bubbling or gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing system
If you do discover a problem with your septic system or sewer lines, contact a septic tank service company immediately.
Whether you’re building a new home or living in an existing structure, being proactive is one of the best ways you can control your home’s plumbing costs. The more knowledge you have of preventive maintenance, cost-efficient plumbing fixtures, and situations when you can and shouldn’t DIY a plumbing problem, the more you can be conscious of your spending.
Our Aqua Plumbing & Air home specialists are experts in providing homeowners like you reliable plumbing repairs and installation. Call us at (941) 306-3715 to schedule an appointment with one of our service professionals who can help answer your questions and keep your home’s plumbing system in good working order.
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