7 Tips to Avoid Water Leakage and Serious Plumbing Problems

7 Tips to Avoid Water Leakage and Serious Plumbing Problems
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    Water is an essential part of your everyday life.

    Without it, you can't clean your clothes, wash your dishes, or even survive to see another day.

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As good as it is to have easy access to clean, safe water, this same access can also lead to headaches when you’re faced with water leaks and other plumbing problems. These issues can lead to high water bills, damage to your home, and threats to your health through the growth of mold and mildew.

By taking some proactive steps, however, you can avoid many of these common issues so that your water worries can be washed down the drain.

Toilet Troubles

One common source of water leaks in homes is toilets. Since toilets are designed to keep the water at a stable level, even a small leak can lead to high water bills as the water constantly runs to keep everything where it’s supposed to be.

Typically, a leak occurs because one or more components of the flushing system have worn out. Though one of a few components could be the culprit, two of the best to check are the flapper and the fill valve.

Regular Check-up

In most bathrooms and kitchens, the pipes that allow your sink to operate properly are hidden in a cabinet. This is great for aesthetics but not so great for leak detection. That’s why it’s a good idea to check for moisture in these cabinets on a regular basis. A once-a-week check helps to ensure that any problems that do occur don’t get out of hand before they’re noticed by you.

Another option is to install a sensor that can alert you with an audible alarm if a leak is detected. Leaks under sinks are more often caused by the supply lines than the drain line, as the water in the supply lines is under pressure.

If you do discover a leak, make sure you turn off the water shutoff valve on the supply line, prior to completing any repairs.

Cover Those Pipes

Cold temperatures can happen just about anywhere. If it gets too cold, the water in your pipes can freeze, leading to leaks from burst pipes. There are many steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. First, be sure to turn your faucets on to a drip just before you go to bed to keep the water in the pipes moving overnight.

Additionally, it’s important to shut off the valves controlling any outside water sources, especially spigots. If the valves are open, cold air can make its way through the spigot and into your pipes, causing a higher risk of freezing. Finally, you can wrap your pipes using special insulating jackets that will help the pipes retain their heat while keeping the cold air out.

 

Under Pressure

Water is a precious resource that needs to be conserved as much as possible. Fortunately, newer toilets, faucets, and shower heads are all designed to conserve water by reducing the flow and concentrating the remaining flow to provide the same amount of water pressure. Though these devices are great for the environment, they present a potential problem to your plumbing.

Since much of the water movement is being restricted, the rest of the water pressure has to be retained by the pipes. If this pressure becomes too high, or if your pipes are older and weaker, they may burst under this extra pressure.

It’s important, then, that prior to installing any new water fixtures, you have your pipes inspected to ensure they can handle any excess pressure that may occur.

The Easy Way Out

If you’ve ever experienced a clogged drain, you know how frustrating it can be. In situations like these, it’s likely you’ll want to remove the clog as quickly as possible so you can return to using the fixture attached to that drain in a normal manner.

Liquid drain cleaners, the solution most people reach for when they have a clogged drain, certainly do a good job of taking care of clogged drains quickly.

Unfortunately, this same clog-fighting power can do damage to your drains, as well. If you do experience a clog, then, try to clear the clog using another method, such as an auger, prior to utilizing a liquid drain cleaner.

Know Where to Stop

Another way to prevent serious plumbing problems in your home is having the knowledge to isolate small problems before they can become more serious. That’s why it’s so important to be familiar with the locations of all the water shut-off valves throughout your home.

Each valve can play an important role in stopping the flow of water to a trouble area so that no more water can flow through the pipes, which would result in further damage to your home.

Know where localized shutoff valves are located, such as those attached to supply lines on your sink and toilet, as well as the main shutoff valve coming into your home and the shutoff valve that’s located outside, near the street. Don’t forget to familiarize others who live in your residence with the locations of these valves, as well.

 

The Trouble with Trees

As beautiful and beneficial as trees can be, they can be accompanied by a hidden danger that can cause you major headaches. A tree’s roots are strong, persistent, and ever-growing, meaning any plumbing pipes that get in their way will eventually be overtaken and destroyed, resulting in major repairs by Plumbers Brisbane North.

When planting new trees, then, it’s important to understand the location of all water supply lines located on your property. Remember that the roots of certain species of trees can extend quite far in every direction as they grow, meaning you’ll need to plant the trees in a location that will protect your pipes now and in the future.

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Enough’s Enough

When you experience a plumbing problem, it’s natural to want to try and fix it yourself. To be sure, many common plumbing problems can be easily fixed with a few tools and a little elbow grease. It’s important to understand, however, when you’ve encountered a job that’s out of the range of what you can do.

If you try to tackle one of these major jobs on your own, you could wind up making the problem much worse, which will then require even more time and money when the pros do come out. By knowing when to say "enough’s enough," you’ll be able to keep your plumbing in great shape at all times.

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