Every homeowner wants to make sure that their home is safe, warm and dry. One way of accomplishing that is by taking good care of your plumbing. Here are our best tips on how to avoid messy, costly water leaks.
DROP WATER PRESSURE
How do you know if you are healthy? One measure is to check your blood pressure. You can apply the same idea to your plumbing.
Check your water pressure. What is it at? If it is any higher than 60 psi, you are putting a lot of extra strain on your plumbing, which is going to cause leaks eventually.
Enlist the help of your Fort Worth, TX plumber to install a water pressure regulator to make sure it is where it should always be.
FIND ALTERNATIVES TO COMMERCIAL CLOG CLEANERS
Got a pesky clog? Do not (repeat do not) use commercial clog removers. They don’t always work and contain harmful chemicals that attack your plumbing.
Your plumbing gets weaker and eventually will leak. There are easy-to-use alternatives, like a plumbing snake.
With some gentle pressure, you can work your way through and remove the clog without causing leaks.
AVOID PIPE CORROSION
Copper is a really popular plumbing material because it is easy to use and is quite durable. However, it is material that is prone to corrosion.
The problem is that corrosion causes leaks. How old is your home and when was the plumbing last replaced? You may want to consider replacing old copper plumbing with PVC.
If you see discoloration in the water or see outward signs of corrosion on your pipes, the process is already underway. Call your plumber for an inspection.
HOW TO FIND LEAKS
Commit to finding leaks before they have a chance to cause you serious water damage. You don’t necessarily need expensive plumbing equipment to find leaks.
You’ve actually got the equipment that you need right on hand: your eyes and your ears. Simply by looking and listening, you can find a lot of leaks.
Be watchful for pooling water, moisture, mold growth, discoloration of walls and ceilings and warped floors. Listen for the sound of rushing water behind the walls, which can indicate a foundation leak. Also, listen for running water in your bathroom; that could signal a plumbing leak.
As an extra tip, don’t overload cabinets under sinks with storage, as you won’t be able to tell easily if there is water there. Also, note if there is mold growth or if you are experiencing an increase in your water bills that doesn’t make sense.