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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Widely attributed to the director of the office of management and budget during the Jimmy Carter administration, this saying is usually true…except when it comes to your plumbing system. Instead of waiting for leaks to spring or floods to destroy floors, you should be proactive when it comes to handling your home’s pipes.

Why would you spend money to replace a house’s original galvanized piping system with copper before you see the need? Let us help you count the reasons:

Leaks are:

  1. Expensive. Toilet, faucet and slab leaks can account for at least 10 percent of your monthly water bill. What’s more, high water bills will be the least of your worries if a leak in your house goes untreated over time. Leaks can cause structural damage, which is considerably more expensive to address than leaky pipes. Once your pipes spring a leak, you will need to spring into action. You won’t be able to defer repairs until a more convenient time. If you are proactive, you can replace your pipes when you have the time and money for the job.
  2. Wasteful. If you ignore leaks, you are overlooking water waste. H20 is an important natural resource…especially in drought-ridden Southern California, where JB Plumbing is located. If you’re like many homeowners who live in the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire, you are doing your best to conserve water, installing low-flow toilets and showerheads. So why bother to strain out a gnat if you plan to swallow a camel? Busted pipes waste significantly more water than inefficient faucets. Invest your home improvement funds where they will make the most difference in your life.
  3. Water leaks can quickly destroy an entire house.

    Quick. While it may not alarm you to discover a broken sprinkler head pouring water onto your lawn, you should think twice before ignoring plumbing-related leaks. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it only takes 15,140 drips to make up a gallon of water. So even slow leaks add up over time. And don’t forget that mold spores can germinate after just 12 hours in the right conditions. Pipes fit into dark, damp drywall, adding moisture to the mix is a guarantee of mold growth. If the strain of mold in your house is toxic, your home could be declared a biohazard unless proper precautions are taken. The best way to beat mold is to stop it in its tracks.

  1. Destructive. If the concrete slab under your home is leaking and you fail to give heed, you could be looking at an eventual flood which could destroy your furniture, wall coverings and flooring throughout your entire home. In a nutshell, if you don’t discover and repair the source of the leak in time, the ensuring damage could grow from superficial, cosmetic to structural. Evidence of leak damage is a symptom instead of the problem, itself.
  2. Sneaky. Unless you pay close attention to your water bill and listen for the sound of running water behind walls and in your foundation, you could be ignoring a serious leak. Don’t rely on your eyes to detect problems in your pipes. Leak detectors and infrared meters help your experienced plumber spot water leaks without having to tear down unaffected areas.

    Don’t let plumbing problems sneak up on you.

At JB Plumbing in San Dimas, California, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.

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