Along with a dripping faucet or a stubborn clog, a water leak is one of the most common plumbing repairs. Depending on the cause, the damage can either be immediate and widespread or slower and ultimately more destructive. Thankfully, both of these leak types can be avoided. To prevent a water leak, keep an eye out for the following.
Common Sources of Water Leaks
1. Frozen Pipes
Always make it a priority to winterize your pipes, especially ones that are exposed or in an uninsulated room like a garage. Otherwise, any water left inside will freeze and expand, causing the pipe to burst. A plumber can install heat tape on the pipes to keep them warm.
The supply lines of washing machines and dishwashers tend to be made of plastic. After a few years, this plastic often cracks, which causes a leak. Have these lines replaced with braided, stainless steel hoses whenever possible.
3. Loose Joints
A water leak underneath a sink is usually caused a loose joint from incorrect installation or a broken washer or nut. To prevent loose joints, leave installations and repairs to the professionals. You should check on the plumbing fixtures around your home occasionally though, especially in the rooms you may not use often, such as a guest bathroom.
4. Tank-Style Water Heaters
A water leak in a tank-style water heater could be caused by a number of problems. A professional can assess whether the pressure release valve, loose fittings around the pipes, or a corroded tank is to blame. Routine inspections and flushing the tank periodically are the best way to prevent these issues.
If your toilet is constantly running and sending water into the bowl, it’ll soon overflow. This problem usually happens when a worn down rubber flapper no longer fits the flush valve opening. Flappers tend to deteriorate within 5 years, so make sure to replace them before then.
Experiencing a water leak? If you’re in California’s Amador County or the surrounding area, call Amador Plumbing at (209) 223-2204. For more than 20 years, this experienced plumbing company has served residents and businesses all throughout the region. They’re known for their prompt and reliable service, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. From minor leaks to major plumbing repairs, they can do it all, even offering 24/7 emergency service. To learn more about their plumbing business, visit their website.