That little leak you’ve been neglecting can turn into a major issue! Water leaks can harm your plumbing, property, and yard in addition to increasing your utility costs. The good news? Many leaks can easily be prevented!
Here are our plumbing team’s top tips on how to prevent these common household leaks, so you can ensure your home is protected and your plumbing system is working smoothly.
Leak # 1: The Washing Machine
Because your washing machine uses so much water, it is prone to leaks if not maintained. To prevent a leaky washing machine, we recommend replacing hoses every five years and checking the connections each year. Your plumber can complete this task during an annual plumbing inspection.
If you notice a leak coming from your washing machine hoses or connections, call a licensed plumber from Best Home Services to fix the problem. Call our plumbing team at (844)921-2833 for expert 24/7 plumbing services.
Leak #2: The HVAC System
When your air conditioning system is working properly, moisture should be removed from the air conditioner by the drain pipe. If you have an air conditioner in your attic and you notice wetness on your ceiling, it can mean that the condensation line is blocked or the pan is full.
Drain line clogs are usually caused by dirt, algae, dust, and similar debris.
The best way to prevent leaks from your HVAC system is to have it inspected and cleaned every year by a professional HVAC technician. Remember, proactive maintenance also includes changing the air filter every 30-60 days.
Leak #3: Drains and Pipes
If your kitchen or bathroom sinks are clogged or leaking, it can cause serious property damage in your home. To prevent these clogs and leaks, don’t pour grease, coffee grounds, rice, pasta, etc. down your drains as they can harden and clog up your pipes, putting stress on your entire plumbing system.
If your drains and pipes are clogged, don’t use a caustic drain cleaner- call the pros at Best Home Services instead! We can clear your drains quickly with hydro jetting and fix any leaks or weak spots in your plumbing system. Schedule a consultation today!
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Leak #4: Toilet
Toilets can leak at the supply line, or they can overflow when clogged. To prevent such leaks, check the supply line yearly to ensure that your tank doesn’t need repair or adjustments. Clogs can be taken care of with a plunger, or a visit from our friendly plumbers at Best Home Services!
If there is a leak at your toilet’s supply line, work quickly to prevent damage. Follow these steps:
- Open the toilet’s tank lid
- Close the flapper
- Lift the ball
- Shut off water at the wall stop
- Call a pro at Best Home Services to take a look!
Leak #5: Dishwasher and Refrigerator
Since dishwasher and refrigerator pipes are located under and behind these appliances, leaks can often go unnoticed and unfixed for years. To make sure everything is okay and there are no leaks, be sure to routinely inspect underneath and behind both appliances.
Another way to tell if there is a leak is to look for discoloration under your appliances. A musty smell could also be an indication of a leak.
Make these quick checks part of your spring-cleaning routine to practice good preventative plumbing maintenance!
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More Plumbing Tips:
To ensure that your plumbing system works seamlessly without issue, follow these tips!
- Don’t flush items down the toilet that should be thrown away in the garbage.
- Don’t pour grease down your drains.
- Regularly check your plumbing for leaks
- Call a plumber if you find a leak in your home to prevent property damage, health issues, and rising utility bills.
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