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How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

Plumbing leaks are common issues in many homes today. Sometimes, leaks from water pipes develop when you are unaware, and before you realize it, thousands of gallons have already gone to waste. If you want to prevent the catastrophic impact of plumbing leaks, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Regulate Your Water Pressure

With high water pressure, it may seem convenient to take a shower and wash your dishes. But the fact is that it slowly shortens the life expectancy of your plumbing system. To be on the safer side, check your water pressure regulator regularly. If you notice the pressure is above 80psi, call a professional plumber immediately.

2. Invest in Water Softener

Whether you are using local municipal water or you’ve drilled your borehole, it’s obvious to find that your water has plenty of mineral contents. Installing water softer can keep your plumbing issues at bay by getting rid of excess mineral deposits that accumulate inside the water pipe supply. This way, it helps to prolong the life of your home’s plumbing as well as prevent leaks.

3. Consider Insulating Your Pipes

If you live in the UK or US, you know how temperatures during winter become extremely cold for some weeks or even months. This frigid weather during midwinter turns water inside the pipes to ice, which puts stress on the pipe leading them to burst. The best way to prevent leakages during the cold season is to lag your pipes with an insulator. You can DIY or call a professional plumber if your plumbing system seems complex.

4. Know The Location of Your Pipes

If you are unaware of the location of your water pipes, don’t be surprised when you put a nail or screwdriver on them. It’s always advisable to check what is within the wall before drilling. The most effective way to know the location of your pipe is to use a stud finder. This device helps to find where cables and pipes are located before you drive the nail or screw.

Whether is a minor or significant leakage, allowing it to stay unfixed for a few hours not only bumps up your water bill but it destroys your property. So if you notice any leakage that you are not able to repair, contact a plumbing technician to fix it.

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