Water damage can be destructive and costly to repair. With extended exposure, water will harm flooring, walls, and structural supports, and excess moisture may cause mold growth. Your house is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Protect your investment by learning how to prevent plumbing leaks in the home.
Install a Water Softener
The water coming into your home may be causing damage to pipes and water-consuming appliances. Hard water has a higher mineral content. These minerals build up inside your plumbing and lead to corrosion. Install a water softening system for your home. The system will remove minerals from the water and increase the life expectancy of your water heater and plumbing pipes.
Reduce Water Pressure to Prevent Plumbing Leaks
Strong water pressure feels great when you’re taking a shower. However, over time, high water pressure stresses the pipes and causes them to weaken and burst. The water pressure in your home should be set between 40 and 80 psi. Contact a plumber for help adjusting the pressure.
You can also use low-flow faucets and showerheads that are aerated to create better water pressure without stressing your pipes; you’ll also get the added bonus of reducing your water consumption.
Prevent Plumbing Leaks by Inspecting Hoses
To help prevent water leaks in the home, maintain your household appliances. Check hoses on your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator. Over time these hoses can dry-rot and crack, leading to leaks and water damage. Replacement hoses are very inexpensive, especially compared to the cost of repairing damage.
Unclog Drains Without Chemicals
Preventing plumbing leaks means taking better care of your pipes. Use preventive measures to stop clogs. A sink trap in the bath or kitchen drains will trap debris. Don’t put food, coffee grounds, or grease down the drain. If you’re experiencing slow plumbing, try using boiling water or a drain snake to remove the clog. Commercial drain cleaners will clear away clogs, but the chemicals in them are harsh and acidic and can damage your pipes.