How often do you check your house’s plumbing system?
According to one study, around 30 percent of homes inspected during a pre-purchase inspection have issues. One of the most common problems comes from the network of water and sewer pipes hidden inside your walls. This is a big worry because water damage from leaky pipes can cause serious damage to your home.
Why you want to check for hidden water leaks
You probably don’t pay much attention to your plumbing, but it pays to check your pipes from time to time. Here’s why:
- Leaky water pipes can cause your walls or floors to rot which can affect other structures in your home.
- Where there is moisture, expect mould growth which can be a health hazard to you and your family.
- Leaks waste of water and could be the hidden culprit to the increase in your water bill.
What to look for
An undetected water leak can cause a costly disaster. Look for warning signs as such an increase in your water bill or a musty smell coming from your drains. Even if you notice a small leak, you should deal with it quickly.
How to prevent your pipes from leaking
Because most of your pipes are hidden, you may not always know that there is a leak. That’s why you want to educate yourself about what causes pipes to leak and how to help prevent leaks in the first place.
- Water pressure – High water pressure can stress your pipes and may cause them to burst or crack. Make sure to regulate your water pressure or purchase a water pressure regulating valve.
- Clogged water lines – Plug-ups can add pressure to your pipes or overflow water. Make sure to watch out what goes down your drain like food scraps, hair and grease that might cause clogging.
- Temperature changes – Extreme changes in temperature can cause your pipes to expand and contract. You can add pipe insulation in the cold parts of your house so that they won’t freeze during the cold season.
- Hard water – High mineral content in your water causes buildup that can restrict the flow of the water. If your area is known to have hard water, you can install a water softener.
- Deterioration – As your plumbing system ages, some parts naturally deteriorate. Older pipes can also be prone to corrosion. If your pipes have any sign of discolouration or broken water seals, call a plumber right away.
- Bad workmanship – This can be from poor materials used or loose pipe joints. Hire a plumber who is a referral from friends and family and has a good work record.