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Common Plumbing Problems That Waste Water And Your Money

If you have plumbing pipes and fixtures in your home, then you are inevitably going to have leaks and other plumbing concerns at some point. And since no one is willing to live without indoor plumbing these days, sooner or later you are going to need to call a plumber for a repair of some kind. But the question for most homeowners is when to invest in the work of a professional plumber? And the answer is simple. As soon as you see a leak or notice an issue, call the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing. And the reason is very simple as well. The sooner you call (318) 202-9144 to have the issue repaired, the lower the cost and potential for costly water damage in your home. Some of the most common reasons to call a licensed plumber include:

  • Dripping Fixtures- You might think that a tiny drip from your sink faucet or shower nozzle is no big deal. But in the plumbing world, what starts small, never stays that way. A tiny drip or leak will always grow into a more significant issue with a higher price tag to repair. A single faucet that drips roughly once every 15 seconds or four times a minute will waste about 65 gallons of water each month.


  • The more concerning piece of information is that the leak will only increase over time. The drip could be a worn-out O-ring, which is fast and easy to replace. Or it could be corrosion inside the valve that will eventually render the valve useless, and you will not be able to turn off the water. The smart, affordable, and eco-friendly choice is to call a pro as soon as you hear an annoying drip in your home.


  • Leaking Pipes- Just like the leaking faucet, what starts as a tiny, insignificant annoyance, is sure to grow into a full-blown plumbing emergency if it is not repaired quickly. Small leaks can be the result of a cracked pipe, damage to the pipe or fitting joint, pipe corrosion, or even excessive water pressure. But left unrepaired, the tiny drip will increase to a full-on leak that can cause thousands of dollars in water damage and promote the growth of toxic black mold.

Repairing a small pipe leak is fast and affordable in comparison to a significant leak repair, water damage restoration, and professional mold remediation. But that is what you will be faced with if you ignore that tiny water leak under the sink or in the rafters of your basement.

  • Running Toilets- Water is not a cheap item. And more importantly, it is a limited resource that should never be wasted. So what would you think about wasting up to 200 gallons of water a day because your toilet keeps running after it is flushed? It sounds crazy. But that is how much water is literally going down the drain each day if you decide not to have your running toilet repaired.

In most cases, the repair for a running toilet is as simple as replacing the flapper, flapper seal, flush valve, or handle. And in some cases, the only problem is a tangled, damaged, or worn chain. The point is that all of these parts are easy to replace and very inexpensive. So don’t flush money down the drain by ignoring a running toilet. Call the plumbing pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing and know that your toilet will be fixed quickly and affordably.

    • Water Heater Issues- You might not think that a problem with your water heater could cost you any money, but it certainly can. While you are waiting for the hot water to make its way to your shower, lots of cold water is racing down the drain. And if your water heater is not working efficiently, then you are waiting longer and wasting more water. The solution could be as simple as a worn-out heating element, a bad thermostat, or sediment in the tank that is making it more difficult to heat your water. But the solution for all of these issues is a call to a professional plumber. Most of the critical components of a water heater can be replaced for a fraction of the cost of a new unit. That will save you a significant expense and save water as well.

Hearing a drip of water should trigger more than just annoyance. That sound is a signal to you that it is time to call (318) 202-9144 and schedule an appointment with a licensed Gordon AC & Plumbing plumber. Not only will a small repair be more cost-effective, but it will also save water and the potential for costly water damage to your home.