Plumbing leaks can cause staggering damage to your home or business, and depending on their severity, they can run up a costly bill. While our professionals can fix any type of plumbing leak, the best fix is always prevention. Here are some helpful tips to prevent plumbing leaks from tearing through your home.
1. Inspect All of Your Equipment
This is the first line of defense. Though some leaks and damages may be too subtle for the untrained eye to notice, most will certainly stand out. Closely examine your washing machine, dishwasher, ice maker, and any other appliances. Make sure their hoses are secured to their water supply lines and that no water is dripping out anywhere. Inspect your sink cabinets and ensure that the traps are sturdy and secure.
If you detect any tiny leaks or even just think that anything about your pipes or hoses looks off, give Parobek Plumbing & Air Conditioning a call. We can repair the issue and prevent those small damages from becoming worse.
2. Conduct Proactive Maintenance
Make sure you properly care for all of your equipment and check how often their essential parts or hoses should be replaced. For example, a washing machine hose needs to be replaced every three to five years. Some high-end hoses even have automated excess water shut-off valves. These can detect leaks and prevent water from damaging your home.
3. Take Measures to Prevent Pipes From Freezing in the Winter
Burst pipes from cold weather are one of the most common forms of pipe damage. Although Bastrop doesn’t often dip below freezing, the severe cold spells in Texas over the last couple of years have made it important to make sure your pipes are ready for the winter.
If the weather outside drops below 32 degrees for more than half the day, your pipes are at risk of freezing. Be sure to let small amounts of water run through one or two faucets so that water is cycling through your home’s system and doesn’t freeze. It’s also important to insulate the pipes in your home or building that are most susceptible to cold air, such as those in your garage, attic, or basement.
Finally, ensure that heat is properly circulating throughout your home. Even though you may feel like your house is all warmed up, even small air leaks can cause pipes to freeze. Look for any air leaks around exposed pipes and seal them with caulk. If your kitchen sink is attached to the wall of your home, which is the case in most homes, leave the cabin door open so that the surrounding warm air can enter.
4. Install a Leak Detection System
There are numerous kinds of leak detection systems that serve different purposes and can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 or more. These systems often come with automatic shut-off valves to stop the flow of water, and they will alert you when leaks are detected.
Call Parobek Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Parobek Plumbing & Air Conditioning has been servicing Bastrop, TX and surrounding areas since 1999. Our professionals specialize in residential and commercial plumbing repair solutions for your drains, water heater, toilet, garbage disposal, and other plumbing systems. Give our team a call to set up an appointment!