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Most homeowners don’t realize that plumbing repairs should be at the top of their to-do list. Unfortunately, too many homeowners make the mistake of procrastinating when it comes to plumbing, which only makes matters worse.

Minor repair needs can quickly develop into a catastrophe and significant repair problems if not addressed in the correct amount of time. “Quick fix-its” are temporary and can increase damage when not done by professionals. 

The best way to avoid major plumbing and/or emergency repairs is with inspections and tune-ups as soon as necessary. It is imperative to use a professional plumber to look at your plumbing for any potential red flags.

They can troubleshoot and find ways to improve the performance of your current system and will even locate minor repair needs you might not even realize existed. Having a professional can provide cost-savings repairs in the long-term and expert knowledge that many property owners will not have.

Be sure that you choose established, reputable, and properly licensed professionals for any plumbing tasks.

Unfortunately, not every plumbing problem can be quickly ascertained. You might not be aware of the slow drips, leaks, or problems hidden behind walls or under your floorboards until they present as larger problems.

This includes dealing with the drainage in bathrooms and even kitchens that should not be mistaken for clogged drains. Water that pools in your sink and doesn’t drain quickly enough can leak onto the floor, or constant moisture can indicate that you have an issue with drainage. This is certainly something to address before it leads to mildew, mold and rot. These are problems you might not even see until you get into the walls or floorboards.

Preventative plumbing care helps to prevent bigger and more severe problems from arising, including those middle of the night emergencies that no household wants to endure. As essential as your plumbing is, the last thing you want to do is neglect to maintain it.

Take care of your plumbing and it will continue to give you reliable service that you and your family need.

Dave Miller, owner of Superior Services, has been providing whole-home services in the Lowcountry for more than 20 years. gotosuperior.com