4 Ways Fixing That Pesky Leak Will Save You

The lights are off, you’re all set for bed, it’s at a decent hour so you know you’re going to get plenty of rest, and you’re on the verge of falling asleep when you hear something else falling. The tiniest drop of water hitting the sink, a sound that is now impossible to unhear. Leaky plumbing is a definite nuisance, but it goes much deeper than just being a disruption to your sleep schedule.

Handyman at Your Command knows that fixing a leak can save you in so many ways. Take a look at the benefits you’ll encounter from fixing that leak, and call us to take care of it for you!

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1. It Saves Water

It makes sense that stopping a leak in its tracks will save water. Just how much water could possibly be saved from a couple drops, anyways?

As it turns out, quite a bit. According to the EPA, “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.” Even if you don’t realize it, your home might very well be in the ten percent of homes that are huge water wasters. As one of our most precious commodities, fixing that leak sooner rather than later is one of the most environmentally conscious things you can do.

2. It Saves You Money

Would you rather spend $20 on seeing movies, grabbing food with friends, or lose it to a leaky faucet? A seemingly miniscule, slow drip can cost about $20 a year. Other reports show that fixing a leak can save you 10 percent of your annual water bill. That might not seem like a ton of money, but who would want to lose $20 to something like a leaky faucet? For more significant or faster leaks, the price can increase anywhere from $60 to $200 a year. Leaks are, simply put, money going down the drain. Call us at Handyman at Your Command to get that leak taken care of ASAP, and start saving money!

3. It Saves You a Headache

We’ve all heard that familiar drip… drip… drip… and we know how annoying it can be. The sound of water plinking every few seconds is practically enough to drive someone mad. Not only is a leak irritating from the constant, repetitive noise it makes, the source of irritation comes from knowing that water and money are both being wasted. Don’t delay any further, contact a handyman to fix your leaky plumbing!

4. It Saves You From Further Damage

We’ve all seen sinks with the rust-colored stain in the sink basin, and it’s not exactly a pretty sight. Unchecked leaks mean that water is consistently hitting the same spot, and the minerals within water are compromising the surface of the sink. Fixing a leak will cost you so much less than replacing a sink or sink basin, partially because it’s a preventative measure instead of a reactive one.

Additionally, if water is leaking onto your laminate or hardwood floor, this will cause damage to the flooring, which can be such a pain to fix. Laminate flooring, for example, does not do well with water, and water damage can often lead to needing the entire surface to be replaced.

Dripping water doesn’t necessarily seem like it will have a substantial  impact, but even events in nature point to how water can cause insane amounts of change over time. Stalactites, found in caves, for example, are massive structures that are entirely caused from the dripping of water. Erosion from water has shaped some of the most powerful landscapes on Earth, including the Grand Canyon. Never underestimate the power of water!

Leaks seem small, but they pack a pretty big punch. Don’t wait for the water to be wasted, your money down the drain, the headaches leaks can cause, or the impending damage that can happen. The moment you notice a leak is the moment to call Handyman at Your Command. We are your Top Rated Local® Handyman Service serving the Bethesda, Maryland area, and we are happy to help. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Signs You Need Electrical Work Done

Unless you are backpacking through the wilderness or living off the grid in a cabin somewhere, you and everyone else uses electricity almost every day of the year (even reading this, you’re consuming electricity). We use electricity so frequently, it’s such a part of our daily lives, that we often forget about any of the harm it can cause. Yet the facts remain that electricity can be extremely dangerous, assuredly so for the inexperienced or amateur electrical workers, but even for professionals as well.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports on some of the hazards of construction and electrical work. The “Fatal Four” refers to four categories that account for more than half of the deaths that occur in construction each year: Falls, Struck by Object, Caught-in/between, and Electrocutions. As OSHA states, “Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every year.”

If these electrical dangers affect the lives of experienced construction and electrical workers, the lesson to take away is that when your home needs electrical repairs, call a handyman. Take a look at our list of signs that your home is in need of electrical work, and give Handyman at Your Command a call to safely handle your electrical needs.
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Electrical Sockets and Switches

If something isn’t working with your socket, you’ll realize it pretty quickly. Here are a couple of tests you can safely use to double check if your socket is working:

  • Make sure electricity is running to the socket. In some homes, a switch is required to bring electricity to that particular outlet. Check to see if this is the case first.
  • Try plugging in an electrical device that you know is in working condition (like a phone charger, for example). If plugging the working device into the questionable socket has no effect on the device, this is a sign that something might be up.

This sign of a socket not working is assuming that the socket looks normal. If you see corrosion, discoloring, or any other physical evidence that the socket is not in an ideal condition, it probably is time to replace the socket.

Sometimes, damage can happen to light switches as well. Installing a new switch can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially if you know very little about electrical work. Handyman at Your Command is a solid choice for fixing light switches in your home. Working with an electrical handyman is a great resource to ensure your home has electricity in a safe manner.

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Ceiling Fans

With warmer weather here to stay for the next few months, having a properly working ceiling fan is practically a necessity. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Handyman at Your Command knows how humid the east coast can get. Let us help alleviate the heat by installing a ceiling fan for you!

Fans can be a bit tricky, considering they involve installing a light fixture as well as the fan itself. Save yourself the time and the potential danger of electrical work, and contact your local electrical handyman to set you up for summer and beyond.

Watch lightning during a thunderstorm, or experience even the smallest jolt of voltage, and you know that electricity is pretty powerful stuff. We are so lucky to have the access to electricity that we have, and we want to be able to use it in a safe and secure manner. If your home is experiencing some of the signs that electrical repair is needed, give Handyman at Your Command a call to provide the help you need. Contact us for your electrical needs today!