Plumbing leaks can wreck havoc on your home. Leaks can be difficult to clean and contain, and they can cause significant water damage to your possessions and to the structure of your home. Leaks can also lead to longterm issues such as foundational deterioration and mold infestations. Here are a few simple ways to prevent leaks from ruining your plumbing system and your home.
Lower the Water Pressure
High water pressure can be nice for soothing showers and quickly filling up a stock pot, but all that water comes at a cost. High water pressure makes your pipe joints, faucets and valves work harder, and a continually sharp blast of water can corrode the piping materials, leading to leaks. The key to high water pressure is moderation—you can still take nice hot showers, but don’t turn the faucet on to full blast to wash every single plate or piece of cutlery. Reducing your high water pressure use is a great way to prevent sudden leaks down the line.
Manage Outdoor Faucets
Another way to prevent leaks is to disconnect all hoses from outdoor faucets and make sure they’re turned off for the winter. Any outdoor sprinkler system you may have installed should also be shut off for the season. If water gets stuck in these external pipes during winter it will freeze, causing your pipes to expand and crack. This can cause severe leaks and even flooding. The best way to avoid the scenario is to make sure all outdoor spigots are turned off before temperature dip below freezing. If possible, turn off the water supply valve that leads to any external plumbing to prevent any pipes from freezing.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy dealing with messy plumbing leaks. If you experience an emergency plumbing situation, contact us immediately at Priority Plumbing. Our experienced and professional technicians will solve any plumbing problem quickly and conveniently, minimizing the damage to your home and allow you to get back to your normal routine. For more information about our wide range of plumbing services, give us a call today.