Having leaks in the plumbing of your home can cause damage to the floors, walls, and ceilings in addition to destroying belongings that are in the direct path of the water. While it is possible to take care of the leaks on your own in some situations, it is often better to contact a professional to do the repairs. It is best if you can take care of the areas that are prone to leaking before there is a problem. Here are a few tips that will keep your pipes intact:
If your water pressure is set too high, it puts extra stress on the pipes and joints. The pressure should be set no higher than 60 psi to provide you with enough pressure to give you a nice flow without causing any damage. The pressure can be adjusted by turning a screw on the regulator at the water inlet valve. If there is no gauge on the regulator, contact a plumber to install one so you can keep track of it.
All the appliances and features that have water going to them have inlet valves. This includes the washer, all sinks, toilets, and any outside hoses. There is a valve that can be turned on to allow water to flow to the appliance. Check these valves periodically for leaks and corrosion. If the valve is leaking, not turning properly, or shows signs of wear, replace it immediately. You may want to consider having quarter-turn ball valves installed when you replace them. It would be a good idea to have a professional do the installation and to replace all of them in the house all at once. This will ensure that you do not have to have another service call to fix a different one later. Most of the valves were initially installed at the same time, so they will all start to break down at the same time.
Steel Braided Water Lines
While you are having the valves replaced, it would be good to change the water lines as well. Steel braided lines are flexible and strong. They will not require any joints to get from the inlet to the appliance and will last longer than the copper or metal pipes that are currently there.
No matter how you make the changes to prevent leaks, they will still happen. As soon as you notice one, don't just put a pot under it; take the time to have it repaired properly. A leak that is left alone will grow and cause more damage to the plumbing and to your home.
Contact a leak repairs service for more information and assistance.