When the one of the pipes in your Memphis home springs a leak, it’s time to call the leak detection experts at Stewart Plumbing. Although many home water emergencies—such as leaks and weather-related flooding—are avoidable, in many cases this is easier said than done. Leaks can be difficult to prevent because the early warning signs are not always obvious to the layman’s eye. It often takes a professional opinion to predict where and when a leak may occur. Let’s take a look at some of the signs Stewart Plumbing watches for and how being vigilant in your home can help protect yourself from property damaging water leaks.
- To avoid roof leaks, it’s a smart idea to frequently clear debris (i.e. leaves, twigs, trash) from your roof, clean out your gutters and fix any damage to the roof.
- Double-check your downspouts! Make sure that they are pointed away from your home’s foundation to avoid long term structural damage.
- Be sure to regularly inspect all home appliances for signs of leaks. This especially goes for appliances with heavy water usage like the dishwasher and refrigerator.
- Replace washing machine hoses every 3 to 5 years. Most manufacturers warn that hoses older than 5 years will begin to wear thin and eventually leak water.
- Keep an eye out for irregularities such as rust and corrosion on your water heater’s tank. Such conditions can compromise the integrity of the tank and cause leaking.
- Make sure your water heater has a pan and drain under it so if it does begin to leak, the water has nowhere to accumulate.
- Make examining plumbing fixtures for leakage part of your regular home maintenance practices. Check the sink, washing machine, dishwasher—any appliance that uses the water line—for leaks and signs of damage.
DIY leak prevention is far from an exact science, but simply being aware of common leak sites and fixes could save you time and money. So take a look around your home and if you don’t like what you see—call Stewart Plumbing, your local leak prevention and detection experts!