Any house can and most likely will experience some very common plumbing leaks. Pipes and appliances wear out over time and we run through a tremendous amount of water in a year. There are ways to avoid these leaks or at least delay their appearance with these maintenance tips.
Here are some of the most common plumbing leaks
1. Washing Machines
It can be easy to forget how much water goes through your washing machine, and it can be a rude surprise when all of that water ends up on your floor. Fortunately, there are steps you can do to prevent it.
- Replace rubber or plastic hoses with stronger, steel braided hoses. Replace these hoses for the machine every 5 years, no matter how they look. Most deterioration happens inside.
- Turn off water to the washing machine if you’ll be gone for a few days.
Toilet failures can be sudden, such as a faulty supply line busting, or they can be slow, seeping leaks. And that’s not to mention any problems that could be caused by clogs. These leaks are harder to prevent, but there are a couple things you can do to make it easier to deal with them.
- Make sure your shutoff valve is accessible and easy to turn. That way you easily turn off the water if you do see a leak or have a clog.
- When you do have a clog, get the lid off the reservoir and pull up the float or close the flapper. This will keep more water from flowing into the bowl and causing an overflow.
3. Water Heaters
The most common reason for water heater leaks is simply age. The average water heater has a lifespan of 10 years, yet a lot of water heaters are a lot older than that. Old water heaters rust and corrode, which will quickly lead to leaks. Fortunately, there a few steps you can take to help prevent leaks.
- Have a pro inspect the water heater every 2 years while it’s under warranty, then every year after that.
- Flush out the sediment from the hot water tank. If you’re uncomfortable with this, you can have a pro do it for you.
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