We all appreciate a plumbing system that works as it should, and this is because it makes life a breeze as far as dispensing and draining water are concerned. However, no plumbing system is immune from plumbing problems such as leaks, and you need to pay close attention to your system to ensure that it works great all year round.
Learning to prevent plumbing leaks is important. As we all know, leaks could be quite damaging—especially when they go unnoticed and are not arrested in good time. The possibility of flooding is real. Needless to say, it could damage your structure and even bring about health complications.
Major Causes of Plumbing Leaks
In order to prevent plumbing leaks, you need to know what causes them.
Below we have highlighted the major causes of such leaks.
Sedimentation and rusting
Roots in pipes
Drainage clogs are the major culprits when it comes to plumbing leaks; these could be as a result of hair, toilet paper, food, grease, toys and more. When your pipes are clogged, drainage of water is slow that could lead to leaking, or even worse, serious overflowing from bursts. Condensation could also lead to leaks; you need to ensure that your HVAC units have systems to deal with waste water. Sediments in water heaters could easily clog up the system and lead to water leaks. Eventually, wearing out the pipes could lead to rusting. Roots from surrounding trees could also burst your pipes and lead to clogs and leaks.
Of course, there are many more factors that contribute to plumbing leaks.
Plumbing Leak Prevention
Preventing leaks from occurring or destroying your home is not a complicated undertaking.
You need to:
Maintain your plumbing system
Monitor your water use
Prevent frozen pipes
Have a regular maintenance service
It pays to maintain your plumbing system. You can maintain your plumbing system by replacing old pipes, faucets, washers and seals when need arises. You can also easily prevent leaks by monitoring your water consumption.
Know how much water you use monthly; also keep an eye out for unaccounted increased consumption. Insulating your plumbing system is important as it prevents the pipes from freezing, which is a major cause of leaks.
We also recommend that you have a scheduled plumbing maintenance service. This helps you arrest pending plumbing problems and generally keeps your system in a good shape.