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Do You Need to Worry About Your Bathroom Supply Line?

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet supply line burst in this Colorado Springs home

Supply Line Damage and Maintenance

Homeowners are incidental experts on a range of topics they might never have expected to know about, like plumbing. This knowledge usually comes with time and experience. One such mysterious category is supply line damage and maintenance. If you are new to owning property in Colorado Springs, CO, you have come to the right place.

Know Your Warranty

Unless you have noticed a supply line leak, you should plan your maintenance and replacement schedules based on the warranty. There are various types of supply lines, and each has a different policy. The first step is to identify your own. Some common lines are:

Plastic tubes- typically have a warranty of 5-8 years
Steel braided tubes- typically have lifetime warranties
Copper tubes- warranties are determined by factory brand

Keep Track of Time

It is best practice to replace your supply line once a decade, unless specified otherwise by your warranty. That is, if you don't discover any supply line damage. It can't hurt to set up a more frequent inspection schedule to make sure this doesn't occur. This will also help if you can't remember how long it's been; ten years is a long time. If you have just moved into an older home, you should also consider inspecting the supply line to determine how you should move forward.

Know Who to Call

You probably shouldn't attempt to investigate a bathroom leak or replace a supply line on your own, for fear of making it worse. Then you'll have water damage to deal with. Do some research and have a professional home water service on call. Enlisting a company you trust can help with staying on top of your replacement schedule, as well.
Plumbing issues can be difficult to grasp if you are a new homeowner, but with some organization and some help you should be just fine. Before you know it, dealing with supply line damage and bathroom leaks will seem like a breeze. You may be the one giving this advice, next time!

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