Plumbing leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems. Even a small leak has the potential to cause property damage over time (not to mention, you will pay more for water).

They say prevention is better than cure. A proactive approach is better than a reactive approach when it comes to plumbing maintenance. Why wait for plumbing leaks to occur and then fix them when you can prevent them in the first place?

Here are some tips to prevent plumbing/water leaks.

Check Your Home’s Water Pressure

High water pressure might feel great in the shower, however, it can damage your pipes, causing leaks, which can increase stress on different plumbing components and cut short their service life.

To measure your home’s water pressure, attach a hose bib gauge to an external spigot and open the line. Your home’s water pressure should be between 40 and 80 psi. If it is above that range, install a pressure reducer/regulator.

Use a Water Softener

More than 85 percent of homes in the country have hard water. Hard water contains different minerals such as magnesium and calcium that can cause excessive sediment build-up in your pipes. Scale build-up can restrict water flow, resulting in increased pressure on your pipes. A sediment build-up can also corrode joints and fittings over time.

To protect your home’s plumbing from damage, install a water softener. Many softeners use sodium to reduce water hardness. If you do not want to add sodium to your water supply, install an electronic softener that uses electromagnetic pulses to dissolve minerals.

Stay On Top of Plumbing Maintenance

Like every other system in your home, your plumbing needs periodic care and maintenance. Regular maintenance improves the reliability of the different components of a plumbing system and prevents problems before they occur. A well-maintained plumbing system needs less frequent repairs and is more efficient than a poorly maintained one.

During a plumbing tune-up, your plumber will:

  • Inspect the pipes and other components of your plumbing system for signs of corrosion and damage
  • Check your home’s water pressure and adjust it if required
  • Fix drain clogs
  • Inspect the water heater for leaks
  • Check the toilets to make sure they are flushing all the way and aren’t leaking

Maintain Your Appliances

Household appliances deteriorate with age. When an appliance is installed, seals are installed on the water connectors. These seals can wear down or break after a few years, causing leaks. Check the seals of the appliances that use water in your home at regular intervals. Have a professional maintain your water heater and other appliances every year.

John Owens Services is one of the most trusted leak detection companies near you in Rohnert Park. We do more than just repairing and installing plumbing components; we help our customers add years to the service life of their plumbing. To talk to one of our experts, call 707-452-3464.


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