When a homeowner thinks of a water leak, it's typically a geyser situation - that is, gallons and gallons of water crashing down through your home. However, most water leaks rarely show signs of impact in your home until the damage is already done. With a little extra caution and preparation, you can greatly offset the chances that water leaks will occur.
1. Install a Leak Detection Tool
Starting things off with a strong (but expensive) approach, installing an automated leak detection system can save you serious money despite significant upfront costs. Water leaks, while certainly responsible for running up your water bill, can also wreak havoc on the structural elements of your home, potentially costing you thousands of dollars. Some leak detection tools have the ability to automatically alert you in the case of a leak and shut off the water at the source to prevent catastrophic damage, so it might be worth the upgrade.
2. Regularly Inspect Hoses
Rubber hoses and old, rusty pipes are sure candidates for leaks due to wear and age. Rubber hoses to appliances like dishwashers and washing machines can quickly wear out and leak down the back of the appliance, often unseen by homeowners. By making plumbing inspections part of your seasonal maintenance routines, you can identify weaknesses and replace hoses as needed.
3. Keep It Cool and Dry
While maintaining a dry environment in your subterranean or maintenance spaces won't necessarily prevent leaks, it will prevent further damage to your floors and walls due to moisture. Adding extra ventilation to your home will maintain dry environments and prevent rot, mold, and mildew growth. Roof, gutter, and window leaks can also be a culprit for structural damage due to moisture, so don't limit your leak hunting to just your pipes.
For more information about preventing leaks or to schedule a preventative plumbing checkup, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today.