The possibility of water damage is a risk that all homeowners face. The two primary sources of water damage are severe storms and plumbing leaks. You can do little to prevent home flooding related to extreme weather, but you can try and prevent plumbing leaks at home by following these helpful tips.

What You Can Do to Prevent Plumbing Leaks at Home

If you are like most homeowners, the thought of water damage in your home probably causes anxiety. Water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair, and it may also lead to mold growth and structural issues. Many plumbing problems can be avoided or minimized with strategic efforts. Here are some smart and easy ways to prevent plumbing leaks at home.

1. Focus on the Crawlspace

If your home has a crawlspace, start by looking at the pipes here. While you might have already wrapped exterior pipes with foam insulation for winter, you may have neglected the pipes in the crawlspace. While these pipes are not directly exposed to freezing temperatures, they are at risk when the outdoor air is below freezing. Along with wrapping the pipes, consider insulating the entire crawlspace for extra protection.

2. Schedule Plumbing Maintenance Service

A plumber is usually called to homes for emergency situations, but plumbing maintenance services are also available. While the plumber is at your house snaking the drains and servicing the septic tank, he or she can also check the condition of visible pipes and the connections to the water heater. Flushing the water heater is an important maintenance step to avoid leaks related to rust or other types of damage.

3. Use a Washing Machine Water Sensor

If an electric water sensor is not attached to your washing machine, you may want to invest in one. This simple and affordable device works by detecting leaks from the washing machine, sounding an alarm, and turning off the washing machine. This can prevent your laundry room from flooding.

4. Look Under the Sink

Many minor plumbing leaks develop under kitchen and bathroom sinks and are overlooked until someone reaches for an item stored in this area. If you notice dampness under your sink, immediately schedule repair service. Consider turning off the nearby water valve until the damaged pipe can be repaired to prevent additional water damage. Some of these leaks can be prevented by inspecting and re-sealing the joints on these pipes as a regular home maintenance task.

Not all plumbing leaks at home can be prevented, but you can prevent the likelihood of them happening by following these tips. It is easy to forget about your pipes and plumbing features until something goes wrong, but regular care and maintenance can help keep your system in great shape. Use these tips to prevent plumbing leaks at home today.

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