Home Warranty Companies and Plumbing Coverage
Some plumbing issues can sometimes look like, and even be, a quick fix, but when the issue grows or just can’t be resolved by DIY, it might be time to call a plumber. Toilets, sinks and tubs have potential to do great harm to your home since certain leaks can go undetected for quite some time. Fortunately, if you have an AFC Home Club plan, one call to our stellar customer service team and we’ll work to have you back in business in no time. Most Americans use roughly 100 gallons of water each day at their home. Leaks, small or large, can mean there is a lot of potential for damage to your home if undetected or not dealt with properly. Here are some tips from the EPA on how to check for leaks in your home to decide if a call to AFC Home Club might be needed.
Good plumbing is one of the functions we count on most in our homes. It brings about as much peace of mind as cooling air conditioning in the summer and cozy warmth of the furnace in the winter. Here at AFC Home Club, we think you ought to be able to relax about your plumbing too. We cover all interior plumbing, toilets and piping, but our services don’t stop there. We also put the wall back to a rough finish condition, which is something many of our home warranty competitors fall short on. You can count on us for items such as visible interior leaks and breaks of water supply pipes, drain, vent and waste lines, dishwasher supply lines, toilet tanks, bowls, shut off valves, toilet wax ring seals, flush valve, refill tubes, ballcock, flapper, fill valve, overflow tube, tub valve, and diverter angle stops, rinse and gate valves, hose bibs and p traps.
Checking for Leaks
The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
Old or worn-out toilet flappers (e.g., valve seal) can cause leaks. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix for your water woes. To fix this leak, consult your local hardware store, home improvement retailer, or licensed plumber. Here are some online resources from WaterSense partners:
Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks in faucets. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers! Many tutorials are available online for how to fix a wide variety of faucets.
A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is available at most hardware stores, is easy to apply, and can help control leaks. For more complicated valve leaks in showers that drip when not in use, contact an experienced handyperson or licensed plumber.
If you have an in-ground irrigation system, check it each spring before use to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing. An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. If you need help, hire an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program to inspect it for you. These professionals have passed a certification program focused on water efficiency. They will not only help you detect and correct leaks in the system, but also maximize its efficiency.