Like most people, you probably love the water: the lake nearby, the swimming pool in the backyard, and even the running water in your house.
But when water goes where it’s not supposed to, such as what happens when there’s a leak in your plumbing system, it can cause major damage and require expensive repairs to remedy.
Luckily, you can prevent most leaks, lots of damage, and painful headaches with some expert leak detection and prevention tips, and that’s why we’re going to dedicate today’s discussion to these very tips.
KNOW HOW TO FIND LEAKS WHEN THEY OCCUR
When you discover a leak in your house, you’ll have to go through a whole-home inspection to find it.
Start with the easy things, like faucets, visible pipes in the basement and under the sinks, the toilets, showerheads, fixtures, and appliances.
If your initial search didn’t yield any results, the next step is to inspect all the walls, ceilings, and floors for water, dampness, soft areas, mold, mildew, discoloration, blistering, or warping.
Any of these could indicate that there’s a leak in one of the pipes that’s buried between or under the walls and floors.
Finally, the last step is to do a walk-around of your yard, including your driveway and garage floor.
Look for puddles, dark spots, spongy areas, and other signs that there’s been water sitting or running regularly.
DO WHAT YOU CAN TO PREVENT LEAKS
Preventing leaks with habits: Leaks often spring up because of wear, tear, and corrosion of different parts, but there are also habits you can adopt that will help prevent them too.
For one, avoid using corrosive cleaners to clean your drains.
Similarly, keep your drains maintained and unclogged, and make sure everybody in the house knows what can and can’t get flushed down the drains and toilets.
Also, keep an eye on trees that might have roots that could grow into the sewer and water lines. Finally, keep the water pressure at the right level (between 45 and 55 psi).
Avoiding leaks with preventative maintenance: Good habits aren’t the only thing that can prevent leaks, and proper maintenance will also contribute to a leak-free house.
For starters, perform regular inspections to make sure that your taps, fixtures, and appliances are working properly, and replace worn hoses and parts immediately to stop leaks from starting.
You should also have your water heater, septic, and sump systems maintained by a professional.
LEARN THE BENEFITS OF PREVENTING LEAKS
The reasons to stay on top of leaks in your house are almost endless, so today we’ll briefly go over a few of the most important ones.
By taking preventative maintenance steps, you’ll avoid the problems that leaks can cause, which include:
- Rust, rot, and corrosion
- Mold and mildew
- Expensive repairs
- Expensive water bills
- Warping, bubbling, and blistering
- Burst pipes and major floods
When you take steps to prevent and fix leaks now, you’ll thank yourself down the road for the money you save.
The planet will thank you for the water you save, and your house will thank you for keeping it in such great shape