4 Ideas to Prevent Water Leaks and Keep Your Plumbing Healthy

You can save yourself a lot of time, hassle and money as a homeowner if you can get in the habit of finding ways to prevent plumbing leaks, even the dreaded slab leaks can be taken care of.

Taking these steps will keep your plumbing healthy, which means that you'll have fewer repairs to deal with and you'll extend the plumbing system's lifespan. Ready to be proactive and save money?

Here are some great ideas to get the ball rolling

Commercial drain cleaners can come to your rescue in a pinch, but don't rely on them exclusively for your clog removal. Unfortunately, the chemicals that are effective in removing clogs because they are high in acid will use that same burning power to wear down your pipes. Eventually, they will spring leaks. You are better off to try to stop clogs before they have a chance to form. Put a hair trap in your bath and shower; put food in the compost instead of down the drain; don't pour grease down the drain.

Want to prevent plumbing leaks? Learn the best ways to find leaks and fix them before they develop into a bigger problem.

Check under your sinks for moisture. Check the hoses on your washing machine. Run your finger along the hoses to check for moisture. Also look at the floor around the washing machine for evidence of water damage (i.e. discoloration, mold, damp spots). Do the same with your dishwasher and fridge (if you have an icemaker). As an extra preventative measure with your washing machine, make sure that you have a drip pan underneath to catch water in the event of an overflow.

If you've got a high concentration of minerals in your water, as many do in Westfield, IN, corrosion is the enemy of your pipes. In order to prolong the life of your plumbing and avoid leaks, you need to take steps to slow this process down.

If you have copper pipes, think about replacing them with PVC. Test the PH levels. To keep things in balance, install a water softener. Avoid letting water sit for too long, especially in horizontal pipes. Run the water frequently.

No question. A strong shower can be a good thing, especially if you've had a long day. However, that same force that feels good in the shower, can wreak havoc on your pipes. Don't let that happen to your system. Check your water pressure and bring it down to below 60 psi.

As a homeowner, there is a lot that you can do to protect your home. Maintaining your plumbing system is a good place to start.