Reducing Your Plumbing Repair and Maintenance CostsReducing Your Plumbing Repair and Maintenance Costs

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Reducing Your Plumbing Repair and Maintenance Costs

Working with plumbers is a necessity as a homeowner, whether for regular maintenance purposes or to make a repair when needed. But you do have some control over how much reliance you’ll have for plumber services over the years. For example, having your plumber weatherize your exposed pipes during a maintenance appointment can save you literally hundreds of dollars on repairs throughout the winter months. Finding ways to decrease your water usage is another great way to avoid the need for costly plumbing repairs because you’ll put less wear and tear on the plumbing system overall. On this website, you can expect to learn more about protecting your plumbing and keeping your maintenance and repair expenses down.

Water In Your Basement? Know How To Keep The Water Out

As a homeowner, you may have concerns about getting water in your basement. This may stem from having small amounts of water get inside over the years, and you may be worried about one day coming home to a basement that has several inches of water in it. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening.

Examine Your Home's Exterior

Start by taking a walk around your home's exterior and look for way that water could find its way inside. One thing you can do is improve the slope around your home. You want there to be some sort of slope so that water flows away from your home, rather than collect against the exterior walls and soak into the ground. This allows water to collect next to the foundation, which will find its way through small holes.

In addition, shrubs are a wonderful way to soak up that moisture in the ground. Planting shrubs in key places where water tends to pool will help keep it away from your foundation

Extend Your Downspouts

Your home's gutter system is designed to take water that falls on your roof, collect it, and then push it as far away as possible. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not think about where the water goes once it leave the gutters. Short downspouts can cause that water to empty directly against the foundation. You may think they are doing their job flowing into a garden, but the amount of water that comes out can easily oversaturate the ground.

You'll want to extend the downspouts so that the water drains several feet away from your home, ideally on an incline where the water flows away from the structure.

Install A Sump Pump

You can always hire a plumber to install a sump pump in your basement that will remove ground water and pump it into your sewer system. Sump pumps will help relieve the water pressure that can be put on your foundation, pushing the water far away from your home.

Hire A Waterproofing Contractor

Some homes require a professional solution to deal with basement flood. A waterproofing contractor can keep the water away by sealing cracks, installing barriers on the interior or exterior of your foundation, and installing drains that will help the water flow away from the home. It is the best solution for a home that frequently experiences flooding, or a family about to remodel a basement and wants to ensure the space isn't ruined by water.