Plumbing leaks can cause widespread damage and be expensive to repair. A hidden leak in the wall, ceiling, or under the floor can go undetected for a long time. However, there are easy things you can do to prevent household plumbing leaks. 

Reduce Water Pressure

High water pressure stresses your pipes and might cause them to fail prematurely. Lower the water pressure setting to reduce stress on the pipes and extend your plumbing system’s lifespan. This reduces the chances of household plumbing leaks. 

Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks with Soft Water

Hard water tends to cause leaks within your plumbing system because it contains a high amount of minerals. These minerals create a limescale crust that clogs your pipes. The result is higher pressure and stress on the plumbing. Limescale also corrodes the fittings. All of this combined can cause water leaks. 

The other negative to limescale buildup is it shortens the lifespan of washing machines and dishwashers. 

Ask the water company to provide a water hardness report. Take action to prevent household plumbing leaks by hiring a plumber to install a water softener for you. 

Replace Washing Machine Hoses

Your washing machine hoses are probably made of rubber and have a lifespan of about five years. Don’t wait for one of these hoses to rupture or begin leaking. Go to the hardware store and buy braided stainless steel hoses. These will last longer than rubber and are less prone to cracks and leaks.

Inspect the Toilets

Toilets tend to cause leaks at the supply line. Every year, check to see if any toilets in the home require adjustments. If you find a leak in the supply line, then take action immediately. Open the tank lid and close down the flapper. Lift the ball and shut off the wall stop. Then, bring in a plumber to find out the main issue. 

Keep Pipes From Freezing to Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks

A burst pipe during the winter causes water damage and is often costly to repair. Prevent this situation by using foam pipe insulation on exposed plumbing pipes. When nights are especially cold, turn on the faucets just a bit. Keeping a small amount of water running through the lines helps reduce the likelihood it will freeze inside the plumbing system. Turn off the main water line if you go away on vacation during the winter. 

Inspect Trees in the Yard

Very few people think about this, but trees near your home have the potential to cause water leaks. Willow trees, for example, have long roots that can puncture pipes. You can prevent household plumbing leaks by inspecting for any possible roots growing too close to the house. 

Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks in the Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioner has a drain pipe that removes moisture. Inspect the system periodically to make sure it isn’t leaking. Dirt, mold, dust, and other debris can sometimes clog the condensation line. Get the unit cleaned out by a professional each year to help prevent household plumbing leaks.

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