When it comes time for plumbing work, most homeowners are torn between paying for repairs or a full replacement. The situation varies, though. There are three primary factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace a plumbing fixture. First and foremost, age plays a significant role. An older faucet will likely break down more often and cost you money in the long run. Replacement is a smart investment if you intend to live in the same house.
Signs Your Fixtures Require Replacement
As plumbing fixtures age, they tend to suffer from numerous issues. Repairs can rectify such problems for a time, improving the situation, but the most efficient way to resolve the problem is to replace the fixture altogether. Some common signs you need a replacement include:
· Inefficiency – A few decades back, toilets would use nearly 7 gallons of water per flush. That’s incredible to consider, when modern toilets use just 1.28 gallons per flush. Replacing an old toilet, shower head, or faucet with low-flow models will reduce your home’s water consumption and waste.
· Cosmetics – Yes, cosmetics plays a role for many homeowners. If your aging plumbing fixtures do not mesh well with a modern bathroom, like an old toilet from the ’60s, then consider a new model.
· Functionality – After 10 or 20 years, fixtures tend to develop low water pressure, chronic leaks, and odd noises. It’s time for a replacement!
When Repairs Work Well
Typically, you’ll schedule repairs if the fixture is relatively new or has very few issues. The occasional leak is not cause for too much alarm. Don’t run to the hardware store to purchase a new faucet. Instead, call for professional repairs. We’ll get to the root of the problem.