What to Avoid to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

Anything you can do to prevent plumbing leaks is better than the alternative. Leaks from water supply lines, no matter how apparently small and trifling, should never be acceptable. A water supply pipe is under pressure and even minor leakage may be the sign of a pipe or joint that’s about to fail. Once it does, it can rapidly inundate the house with hundreds of gallons. If it happens when nobody’s home, the consequences can be even more catastrophic. Prevent plumbing leaks and you not only prevent needless waste and increased water bills, but you also may prevent expensive water damage.

prevent plumbing leaksCheck Your Water Pressure

High household water pressure — generally above 80 p.s.i. — may trigger or exacerbate leakage. A qualified plumber can test your supply pressure. If it’s above limits, he’ll investigate causes such as a misadjusted pressure regulator, typically located at or near the meter.

Replace Washing Machine Hoses

Cold and hot water supply hoses that connect to your washing machine are usually rubber with a life of only about 5 years. A leaky or ruptured washing machine hose is a common cause of water damage. Don’t wait for them to fail. Replace rubber washing machine hoses with braided stainless steel lines that have long expected service life.

Soften the Water

If the local municipal water has naturally high mineral content, mineral deposits forming inside water supply pipes may cause pressure to increase as well as accelerate corrosion. Installation of a whole house water softener will extend the life of water pipes — as well as your water heater — preventing a common cause of corrosion and plumbing leaks.

Don’t Let Them Freeze

Insulate all exposed spans of plumbing you can access. Seal any external openings that allow frigid air to contact water supply lines. When temperatures drop into the danger zone — below 25 degrees — keep the household thermostat at 55 degrees or higher and open taps very slightly to allow water to dribble out as long as freezing temperatures persist.

The water damage specialists at Rytech, Inc. have more ideas to help you prevent plumbing leaks and avoid water damage.

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