Plumbing leaks can be prevented with a few simple measures. Plus, learn what to do when leaks occur.
Plumbing leaks and the resulting water damage repairs or mold cleanup can be costly. Avoid the inconvenience with some good habits and modest investments in time and money.
- Locate Your Home’s Main Water Shut-Off Valve
If there’s ever a plumbing leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house. Everyone who lives in the house whether they own it or its rented they must know where their main water shut-off valve is located.
- Install Shut-Off Valves at Individual Appliances and Fixtures
This allows you to keep water flowing in other areas of the house while making site-specific repairs. You can find quater-turn, ball-type shut-off valves for less than €25; you’ll pay around €50 to €150 for plumber.
- Install a Flow Sensor
Install a flow sensor that detects plumbing leaks and automatically shuts off water to the entire house or a specific appliance. Those devoted to a specific appliance start around €50. Whole-house flow sensors can reach into the thousands. Plus, factor in the cost of a plumber.
- Don’t Use Exposed Pipes as Hanger Rods for Laundry or to Store Clothes
Doing so can loosen joints and fasteners and lead to plumbing leaks.
Fix Problems Quickly
Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold. Take the time to periodically scout for signs of leaks and drips.
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