Budgeting Plumbing Repairs and Upgrades
Plumbing is one of the home service industries where a small repair can evolve into a more significant solution. It may be a leaking faucet which needs to be replaced, but the new fixture is so attractive that the homeowner asks the plumber to replace all of the fixtures. Or the process of replacing a cracked sink can evolve into replacing the valves and fixtures.
The process of choosing where to spend plumbing dollars can be controlled by making a list of repairs and upgrades and discussing them with a plumber to determine how far the plumbing dollars will stretch.
The first things a homeowner should put on the list are repairs. Repairs are non-negotiable, non-optional items. Then the homeowner should make a list of any fixtures or other items which are outdated or badly in need of upgrading. Replacing these now can prevent future damage and emergencies. Then he can assess his budgetary limits. Beyond that, a 15% buffer will assure that he is covered.
The second consideration is being aware that unexpected issues may crop up. Some repairs can lead to the discovery of other plumbing or structural problems. Learning that the costs are going to be more than previously expected can put a damper on the project. But, a homeowner will be glad to avert a future disaster by having a plumbing repair now.
The third item is the plumbing upgrades. While some upgrades aren’t necessary, the upgrade list is also where the homeowner may have the most fun. For example, one homeowner decided that waiting for the water to meander from the central water heater was a waste of water and his patience. He opted to have an under-sink water heater installed in his kitchen so he’d never have to wait for hot water again.
Another option for plumbing upgrades is WaterSense faucets and fixtures, especially here in the Valley where water supplies may pose a supply challenge in the future. These fixtures are designed to use the least amount of water and still provide enough to do the job. Almost a third of all the water used in your home is devoted to toilets. Newer toilets use 1.6 gallons or less. Older models can use up to 6 gallons each time, making a toilet upgrade one of the most beneficial changes you can make.
If the homeowner needs plumbing repairs or decides to plan for upgrades during the process of having plumbing repairs performed, we can help! Call or make an appointment online.
If you need a licensed, bonded, experienced plumber for plumbing installation and service in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee or San Tan Valley call Norfleet Family Plumbing Heating and Air at 480-681-1764.