Water leaks are a common problem in the home. According to statistics, the average family wastes up to 180 litres of water a week, or 9,400 Litres per year, usually from household leaks.
Water leakage not only wastes water, but it can cause damage in the home and significantly increase water bills. Fortunately, there are simple methods to leak proof your home. Here are five ways to prevent plumbing leaks.
Inspect Your Water Pressure – We can Help out!
Constant high water pressure can wear away pipes. This can lead to a leak if left unchecked. Sweeneys Plumbing can test the water pressure in your home by use of pressure gauges to determine if your pressure is excessive. This needs to be attached to a faucet or hose outlet near your water metre. If the pressure gauge exceeds 800kpa, ask your local plumber to fit a pressure regulator on your main water line as this will reduce damage to your pipes and the internal mixer taps.
Keep Drains and Pipes Clear – Especially Stormwater/Sewer lines
A blocked drain or pipe builds up to the point where it can burst and flood water everywhere. It may not happen immediately, but over time debris wears away pipes weakening the structure. Avoid putting food particles, oil and hair down the plugholes. Use a plughole strainer to catch hair and food waste and put this into the bin. Stormwater lines when blocked can cause terrible erosion around the house and footings – always ensure they are clear of blockages.
Ensure Pipe Seals are Strong
Every pipe has a watertight seal that connects to plumbing fixtures. These can wear away over time causing leaks. If you notice pools of water under a pipe or around an appliance, this could mean your pipe seals are compromised. Contact Sweeneys Plumbing to remedy this situation before damage occurs.
Install a Water Softening System
If you have hard water in your house, magnesium and calcium deposits get left behind on the inside of your pipes. Over time, this builds up and can lead to corrosion and eventually a leak. If you’re not sure if you have hard water, contact Sweeneys Plumbing to inspect your property and if need be, recommend a water softening/Filtration system which can be installed easily to the water line.
Call in a Plumber for Preventative Maintenance
Prevention is better than cure as the saying goes! Preventative plumbing maintenance is the act of having your plumbing inspected on a regular basis, to cure potential problems. For example, Sweeneys Plumbing can inspect your pipes for any signs of significant erosion. If spotted early, the pipe can be replaced before it bursts and save you a significant amount of money that would need to be spent on repairs after a leak.