Leaky pipes can result in unnecessarily high water bills, water damage and other issues. The good news is that many water leaks can be prevented with proper effort. After all, it is much easier and often more affordable to prevent leaks than it is to deal with them after the fact. What can you do to reduce the likelihood of water leaks?
Maintain Reasonable Water Pressure
You understandably want to enjoy substantial water pressure when you are taking a shower and drawing water for other reasons. However, extremely high water pressure can create a tremendous outward force on the pipes. This strain can weaken the pipes and may cause a rupture or a leak through the fittings and joints. Always consult with a plumber before adjusting your home’s water pressure.
Inspect the Fittings
Loose and faulty fittings can cause water leaks underneath sinks and in a variety of other areas. Periodically, inspect the fittings to ensure that they are tight. In addition to manually testing the tightness of the fittings, look for signs of dripping or leakage. This may indicate the need for a replacement or the application of a sealant. Any issues that you identify can be addressed by your plumber.
Install a Water Softener
As a Melbourne resident, you may be aware that the area has hard water. This means that the water carries a large number of natural sediments. These can cling to the interior of pipes, and as the sediment builds up, pressure in the pipes can grow. That could lead to a pipe rupture or a joint leak. A water softener can remove most of the sediments from the water before it enters your home’s plumbing system. If you do not currently have a quality water softener in your home, it may be the time to install one now.
Protect the Pipes
The frost dates in Eastern Florida are from late December to early February. While the cold-weather season in our area is relatively short, a hard freeze can occur. Pay attention to the weather forecasts during this season, and take preventive action to protect your pipes from freezing. Insulate or wrap exterior pipes. Ensure that your home’s exterior walls are properly insulated. When freezing temperatures are expected, run your home’s furnace to maintain an ideal indoor air temperature. During a hard freeze, allow the water to trickle through the faucets until the outdoor temperature is above the freezing point again.
While there are many steps that you can take to prevent a leak, some leaks may still develop. Have you noticed signs of a leak? The best time to address a leak is as soon as possible. This will help you to prevent extensive water damage in the home, and it could help you to avoid a higher water bill than necessary. Scheduling a leak detection service should be your next step if you are concerned about the condition of your home’s plumbing system. Contact us at Leak1 today to arrange for leak detection services.