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Every homeowner should know a little bit about plumbing. You may not see your pipes every day. You may not think about them at all. But they’re always there, working away inside your home. It’s why so many people don’t bother to learn or think about plumbing, because it’s something that you don’t have to worry about until it goes wrong. Or so it seems.

The truth is that if you knew something about plumbing and were paying attention to your pipes, you’d be able to spot most plumbing problems before they started. And that kind of knowledge could save you and your home a lot of trouble in the long run. Knowledge is power, and if you want to feel like the king or queen of your castle, you need to understand how plumbing works.

At Boydco Plumbing, we’re proud of our ability to help homeowners resolve their plumbing problems and get their homes back in working order. Our professional staff has the skill and expertise to tackle any plumbing problem head-on and come out on top. But we also believe that good plumbing knowledge is something that everyone should have, especially if you’re going to be a homeowner. If you’re wondering why homeowners learning about plumbing is so important, here are three reasons why you should make it a priority.

Plumbing 101: Breakdown of Pipes

It Can Save You Money

Plumbing problems could end up costing you a lot of money. Those costs could run the gamut from a slight increase in your monthly water bills due to small leaks or a change in water pressure all the way up to changing out all your pipes because of extensive and systematic water damage to your home.

When your pipes are intact and running smoothly, you’ve got nothing to worry about. But when a complication arises, your home and wallet will soon suffer the consequences. Having a basic understanding of plumbing means that you can be vigilant and be able to see a crisis coming before it can sucker-punch you. Being able to properly read your water bill, for example, could end up saving you a lot of money and grief. If you know what your home’s water pressure should be and understand what your monthly usage and average bill should be, you can notice irregularities in your bill that could be symptoms of serious plumbing problems. Pay attention to what you’re paying out each month: If it seems like it’s too much, something is wrong .

It Can Save Your Home

Understanding how plumbing works means understanding how water is flowing into and out of your home. Water cleans us and keeps us alive: It’s a vital necessity. It’s also a substance that can destroy your home if it isn’t channeled properly. Broken water mains, damaged pipes and underground leaks left unchecked could cause significant water damage to your home. Water damage can weaken the structural integrity of your room, wear down your walls, destroy your furniture and turn your home from a valuable piece of real estate into a flooded and moldy scrap heap.

Every homeowner should be able to know how to turn off their water in case of an emergency. They should be able to recognize signs of water damage and know where their pipes are so they can locate and isolate any potential leaks. They should also know how old their pipes are: The older they are, the more at risk they are for leaks. Homeowners should also know what kind of waste system they use and how it’s connected to their plumbing. This is especially important in the event that you have serious plumbing issues to deal with: You do NOT want your sewage leaking into the rest of your plumbing.

It Can Save Your Life

That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s true: The wrong kind of leak in your home could seriously compromise your health and make you and your loved ones very sick. Untreated water damage could lead to the growth of mold in your home, which can chip away at your immune system leaving you vulnerable to disease and infection. And if the leak involves sewage, you could be exposing yourself to hazardous materials that could turn your home into a toxic and unsafe environment.

Knowing how plumbing works and having a few easy fixes up your sleeve could help you spot some of these issues and deal with them before they get out of control. For serious leaks and sewage contamination, you should immediately contact us. There are some issues you can fix on your own, but if your plumbing problem involves something that could affect your health you should isolate the issue and get a professional to take care of it for you.

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Call Boydco Plumbing at 602-335-0323.