The summer months bring sunshine and fresh air—that well-earned time outside. But don’t let a slow leak demand your time inside this summer. More relaxed schedules means time to squeeze in that plumbing maintenance visit you’ve been putting off. Because nothing slowly sucks the joy out of your summer faster than a slow leak.
While we typically place a call to our trusted plumber during an emergency or when we’ve identified a plumbing problem, consider scheduling a routine visit. Preventative checks of areas around your home where slow leaks are probable will ward off future damage. Have a backflow test you need to report to the city? Consider adding a check of the following areas of your home to stay ahead of the problem. Bonus points for feeling like a home maintenance all-star!
You might think the most annoying thing about a dripping faucet is the repetitive plink that threatens to drive you crazy, but this common problem not only wastes hundreds of gallons of water a year, it also points to bigger problems. Have a professional test your faucets and replace any worn washers that might be preventing the water from staying where it belongs. While you’re at it, ask for a quick under-the-sink check as well to be sure there are no supply or joint leaks. It doesn’t take long for water to warp a cabinet and mold to grow.
Like faucets, toilets are main players in the plumbing show of your home. Because of this, their inner workings need regular maintenance and replacement of parts. Have a professional do a quick check of the toilets in your home and replace worn parts before you even have to jiggle that handle. Water outside of the toilet means soggy ceilings below, AKA bigger problems and additional service calls for you.
Water has that sneaky way of getting into places uninvited and wreaking all sorts of havoc. It warps wood, lifts tiles, stains ceilings and provides the perfect conditions for the growth of mold. One of the most cost-effective ways to prevent water from escaping around shower doors, tub bases and sink rims is to caulk. Have an expert test these areas for leaks to be sure you’re secure. A simple line of caulk could mean the difference between shelling out money for a ceiling repair or saving for that special summer experience.
Advertisements on TV might have you believe that a slow drain can be fixed with a quick splash of chemicals, but sometimes these DIY fixes can cause bigger problems and erode pipes. Let an expert test your drains and provide a professional solution because the longer water sits in one area, the more likely it is to leak into other areas.
Everyone knows someone who’s had to replace a water heater. With an average lifespan of eight to twelve years, this appliance will likely fail during your experience as a homeowner. Catching a water heater during the slow leak phase will prevent a catastrophic burst. Have your plumbing professional check below and around your heater for any sign of a slow leak. The basement and garage store many of our family mementos and seasonal overflow and these items don’t mix well with water. Prevent the heartache and headache!
This preventative maintenance visit is the perfect opportunity to ask your plumbing professional about new technology and ways to make your home smarter. A LeakSmart leak detection and protection system alerts you to both slow and catastrophic leaks. Detectors sense a leak, shut off the main water within five seconds and send you as well as your preferred plumbing expert a message. Let this smart system do the reacting so you can go back to relaxing.