There are many upgrades and replacements that a home's plumbing system will need if it is to continue functioning reliably. For new homeowners, it can be important to become aware of the parts of their plumbing system that may be the most likely to replace at some point while they live in the home.
Faucet Seals And Aerators
The faucets in your house will usually be equipped with an aerator to increase pressure and reduce water usage. Eventually, the aerator can become encrusted in minerals and other deposits that could prevent water from flowing through it. As a result, the aerators will need to be periodically replaced so that these issues will not impact its performance. Additionally, the faucet will have seals in it to prevent leaks from occurring. If these seals become brittle and cracked, they can allow large amounts of water to escape. Once you notice that water is starting to leak around the faucet, these seals should be promptly replaced to prevent the problem from becoming drastically worse.
Internal Components Of The Toilet
Your toilet may be far more mechanically complicated than you originally thought. In fact, a toilet will require an assortment of mechanical components to flush, and these components can suffer wear due to frequent use as well as being submerged in water. Eventually, you may need to replace the chains, flaps, and seals that are in the toilet reservoir. Failing to replace these components when they become worn can make the toilet harder to flush as well as contribute to reservoir leaks, wasting water. Every few months, it can be worth the effort to remove the lid to the toilet so that the internal components can be inspected and determined whether they are approaching the end of their usable life.
The Water Heater
The water heater is one of the central components of your home's plumbing, as most of the plumbing fixtures in the home will benefit from a hot-water source. While a modern water heater is designed to last for years without encountering significant performance problems, they will eventually become obsolete or too worn to function efficiently. While upgrading a water heater is a major investment in your home's plumbing, it is not a project that should take very long to complete. In most cases, a professional plumber will be able to remove the old water heater and have the new one installed within a couple of hours. However, it may take several hours longer for the water heater to ready for use as it will need time to warm the water in its reservoir.