If you own a home, you know that plumbing leaks can occur at any time. Sometimes they develop slowly over time and sometimes they are a sudden occurrence. The cost involved in repairing a major plumbing leak can get expensive. Not to mention if you develop mold and the clean up involved with that. But with some good preventive measures you can avoid most disasters.
Here are some preventive measures you can take to avoid as many plumbing disasters as possible.
• Locate your main water shut off valve. Your entire family should know where it is and how to use it. If you ever have a leak or any other type of plumbing emergency, you can turn off the water to your entire house from the main water valve. This will stop the water and help prevent any further damage until you can get the leak repaired
• Have shut off valves installed on your appliances and fixtures. You can do this yourself or you can have a professional do it for you. This will allow you to turn off the water to a specific area of your home while allowing the water to flow to the other parts of your house
• Have a flow sensor installed. A flow sensor will automatically shut off the water to your house if it detects a leak
• During the winter months, remove your hoses from the exterior faucets of your home. This will prevent them from freezing and cracking the pipes. It is a good idea to install a hose bib over the exterior faucets of your home during the winter months as well
• Add insulation to the pipes in cold parts of your house like the garage, basement, exterior laundry room or any crawl spaces. Pipe insulation tubes are fairly cheap and you can find them at your local home improvement store
• Don't hang anything on your exposed pipes such as laundry or home decor. This will loosen the pipes joints and could cause them to burst or leak
• Don't over stuff the items you put underneath your kitchen and vanity cabinets. This could cause the pipes to loosen and leak and you may not notice this right away which will cause even further damage
• If you notice a leak, fix it immediately. If you don't, not only will it cost you more money on your water bill, but it will also cause your pipes to corrode and could create a dangerous mold issue as well
• You should always turn off your sprinkler system when the temperatures are going to be below freezing for more than three hours at a time. Some systems come with freeze sensors already installed. You should check your system so you know whether or not you have that feature so you can act accordingly
A plumbing leak that is not fixed can cause extensive damage. So never procrastinate when it comes to your plumbing.
I hope you have found this article helpful. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, call your realtor and ask them for a list of available homes in your area. Your realtor would be more than happy to help you in any way they can.
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