Water damage creates an environment that is conducive to mold growth, compromising your health and that of family members. Water can also cause wood to warp, paint and wallpaper to peel, and damage to carpets and fabrics. Prevent household plumbing leaks to avoid water damage in your home.
Avoid Using Commercial Drain Cleaners
Drain cleaning liquid works to clear away stubborn clogs, however, it contains harsh chemicals that will damage pipes. Use preventative measures to deter clogs. Install a hair trap in the bath or shower. Never put food, coffee grounds, or grease down the kitchen sink drain. If your drain does become clogged, try unclogging it with boiling water or use a drain snake.
Install a Water Softener to Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks
Hard water has a high mineral content which builds up in your plumbing pipes and causes corrosion. Install a water softener to prevent damage to your pipes. A water softening system removes excess minerals from the water, increasing the life expectancy of your pipes and water heater.
Check Appliance Hoses
Prevent household plumbing leaks by routinely checking the hoses and supply lines to your water-using appliances. Check the hot and cold water hoses on your washing machine for cracks or other damage. Inspect supply lines to the refrigerator’s ice maker and the dishwasher to make sure connections are not rusting and that the water lines are intact.
Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks With Pipe Insulation
To prepare for colder months, use pipe insulation to protect your plumbing pipes from freezing. Your local hardware store sells tubing or wraps to cover pipes. This is especially important for pipes exposed to the outdoors or in uninsulated crawlspaces and basements.
Other Ways to Prevent Leaks
- Flush the water heater to remove sediment that builds up inside it. The sediment can lead to corrosion and a leak.
- Check the toilet to make sure it is securely bolted to the floor.
- When you leave town for an extended time, turn off the main water supply. This will prevent leaks and potential flooding while you’re away.
- Adjust the water pressure in your home. High water pressure stresses pipes, joints, and fixtures. Your home’s water pressure should be between 40 and 45 psi.