How wonderful it is to have a nice, beautiful house until it is all wrecked up by the water leaks! Yes water leaks can be your worst nightmare! Imagine your house getting turned into walls of water, water trickling from even the tiniest crack, dripping water under the sink, cracked tanks that never hold water! Water leaks can destroy the beauty of your home. But of course you can avoid all these nightmares by just taking these precautionary measures!
- The first measure is to know and follow the company’s recommended maintenance procedures for your appliances. For example, periodically draining your water heater will clean out the sediment of rust which can lead to water leak.
- Leaks in your home appliances can give your partner a hard time. Having no idea where the leak is coming from, people often end up replacing their appliances with new ones. But the question is why replace them, when you can repair them! Check the hoses of dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator for the signs of leak as hose pipes tend to deteriorate from inside out after a period of time. Replace the deteriorated hose pipes with new ones. Ensure you shut off the water valves leading to your washing machine if you plan to leave your home for a prolonged period.
- The most common water leak occurs beneath the sink. Check for drips and larger leaks in the cabinet below and tighten, or if needed be, replace the hose pipes. Check for condensation and corrosion around pipes. Cracked or warped flooring is also a telltale sign of a leak.
- Leaks in your sink and appliances can be ignored, but how can you ignore the plaster coming of your walls? Each time you enter your bedroom, you are reminded of the money you wasted on the wall paint. Leaks from your air conditioner, if ignored, can result in a pile of plaster and an ugly sodden wall. The main reason for leaks from your AC is improper installation. Even an inch from the correct spot of the drain, and water can rolls out of the front edges before it exits from the rear drain. Another reason of AC leaks is drain blockage. The rear of air conditioner base has a drain hole or notch to allow water to escape. If it becomes blocked water can back up and leak.
- Running toilets is another common type of water leak we face and the reason it can’t be ignored is water wastage. But don’t worry fixing running toilets is an easy task! Push down the flapper with a stick when you hear the water running and listen for it to stop. If it stops, you know the flapper isn’t sealing properly. Replace the flapper by shutting off the water supply valve under the toilet and drain out most of the water. Replace the old flapper with a new one of same type according to the instructions on the package.
Leaks are no doubt annoying, but more than that, they can compromise the structural integrity of your home, and that is not a good thing. For more help on dealing with water leaks, get in touch with Pro Plumbing.