More often than not, the most expensive plumbing repairs involve plumbing concerns that a home owner didn’t realise existed, or plumbing problems that were not addressed well the last time they came up. Eventually, plumbing problems that required only minor repair become ones in need of major work, which, of course, would cost a lot more and bring a lot of stress and headaches with it.
Believe it or not, a leaky pipe can be one of the most expensive plumbing repairs out there. When a leaky pipe has to be replaced, portions of the drywall or floors where they are usually situated behind or underneath need to be torn down and then reconstructed. Water damage is also a costly concern, as the water that leaks from a broken pipe can cause rot damage as well as mould. Making leaky pipes even more costly is all that wasted water, especially when the home owner takes a long time to realise that there is a problem
Leaky toilets and taps
To be honest, repairing a leaky toilet and tap does not really cost a fortune. Parts are readily available, and you won’t really have to tear anything down. What makes leaky toilets and taps very costly is not recognising the problem, and therefore not doing anything about it, for a long time. Like the leaky pipe, a leaking tap or toilet that’s been left unaddressed can cost you thousands of dollars in water waste.
Water heater issues
Water heater problems can also be very expensive if you don’t deal with them straight away. Traditional water heaters have the tendency to build up minerals over time and getting rid of them can be bothersome. If you don’t address this issue, these minerals can clog the valves and pipes, cause rust and in the process reduce the efficiency of the water heater and the quality of water it produces, as well as lower the water pressure in your water heater. When this happens, you end up facing more expensive repairs.
Most home owners are naturally averse to the idea of paying more for expensive plumbing repairs, but what they need to understand is that the plumbing problem—and its cost—can only get worse if it’s not dealt with immediately. DIY plumbing work may save you money at the beginning, but it does not guarantee that the problem is 100 per cent solved or remedied. This is why professional plumbers encourage home owners to call them when the DIY solutions are no longer working or if they have doubts in carrying out DIY plumbing repairs.
While there are some home owners who can do plumbing repairs all by themselves, it’s always a good idea to hire professional plumbers to do the fixing so you don’t turn a bad situation worse.