Finding out you have a leak is not a great way to start the day. Leaks can occur anywhere in your home, sometimes going completely undetected until it's too late. Avoid the potential headache by getting ahead of leaks before they become a major problem. Here is a comprehensive look at water leaks, and how to prevent them.
Is Rust or Corrosion Taking Place?
Water leak detection is easier than you think. If you see rust around your pipes, they may have corroded.
This can happen due to the aging of the pipes, neglect, or constant use of harsh chemicals. Either way, if you suspect corrosion in your pipes, it's time to call in a professional to take a look.
Corrosion will eat away at your pipelining, until there is nothing left, causing a collapse. Stop a headache before it starts and call a plumber.
Aging Pipes Can Cause Problems
Depending on the material, pipes can last up to 20 years or more. Better to be on the safe side, and ask about your plumbing system in your home.
When it was installed, if it's ever been updated etc. These questions will give you an idea as to whether you'll need to have repairs done in the near, or distant future.
Old pipes mean years of wear and tear and build up of so many different substances. Also, take a look at the yard. Are there trees? How long have they been there?
Tree roots can grow, and press against underground pipelines. This can lead to the collapse of your pipes. Always ask the age of your plumbing to avoid future water leak repairs.
What is the Quality of Your Water?
Minerals in your water can cause limescale deposits within your pipes. These mineral deposits create tiny pinhole leaks, that can seep into walls and under flooring.
Having a plumber regularly clean your pipes can do away with some of the residue. Also, installing a whole-home water softener can improve the water quality, thus saving your pipes.
Keep An Eye on Water Pressure
If your shower feels like a waterfall when you turn it on, you could have issues with water pressure. When water pressure gets too high, it weakens pipes, causing premature aging, and damage.
If your home doesn't already have one, pick up a hose bibb gauge, and a pressure reducing valve. Both can be purchased at any hardware store in and around Ruston, LA, and both are inexpensive.
The hose bibb gauge will monitor the water pressure, and the pressure reducing valve will automatically bring the water pressure down when it gets too high. Average psi should be between 30 and 50.
Is your water leak detection system in place? Are you crossing your T's and dotting your I's? Hopefully, after reading this, you can now be a master of your home plumbing system.