When it comes to leaks, prevention is always preferred to fixing the problem after the fact. If you are experiencing a leak the best course of action is usually to shut-off your main water valve. This will help stop the leak immediately, this is will turn the water off to your house, which helps inhibit mold. If you have a leak that you locate it would be best to contact your nearest leak detection service and let them know the situation. Leaking pipes are never a fun situation. Below are some things you can do around the house to help avoid leaks in the future.
- Keep areas around your pipes clear: The usual culprit in this situation is stuffing the bottom area under your kitchen sink with cleaners and other supplies. Yes, this area does make for good storage, but all that stuff can block your vision and hide leaks.
- Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots in cold weather: Remembering this simple step each and every winter will help to prevent freezing water from cracking pipes and creating flood damage. It is also a good idea to insulate pipes that are going to be in cold environments. You can also install frost-free hose bibs on exterior pipe outlets.
- Soften water to reduce stress on piping: The main reason that pipes leak are due to long-term interior and exterior stress. Make sure that your pipes are clear from all interference. Items leaning on pipes can cause stress cracks over time. If you live in a hard water area, you can often experience water pressure issues. It is recommended that you install a water softener to avoid interior mineral buildup.
And there you have it. There are tons of simple things you can do around you house to help keep your water flowing. Please share your thoughts, and experiences in the comment section below.