3 Smart Ways To Control & Stop Plumbing Leaks

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No one really wants to deal with a plumbing leak. A leaking pipe can cause a lot of damage and be a pain to fix, which is why you need to know what you can do to reduce the chance of a leaking pipe developing in the first place.

#1 Install a Flow Sensor

Flow sensors are relatively new devices that can be installed and attached to specific points in your plumbing, such as to the pipes that run to your kitchen sink or to your washing machine. Flow sensors for specific appliances and faucets usually cost under 100 dollars, making them an affordable investment. Flow sensors for entire homes are often much more expensive, however.

A flow sensor keeps track of the typical amount of water that runs through those specific pipes. If excessive water starts running through the pipes to make up for a leak, the flow sensor can stop all water to that appliance or faucet and stop the leak from getting worse.

#2 Install a Pressure Reducer

If your water pressure is too high, that can really stress out your pipes. Your pipes are designed to handle so much water pressure at once. If your home's water pressure is naturally too high, that can cause leaks to develop in your plumbing system over time.

One of the best places to test your water pressure is at an outside spigot, where the water pressure is coming out at full force. Use a hose bib gauge to measure the water pressure. If the water pressure is on the high side, hire a plumber to install a pressure reducer. This will reduce the pressure of your water throughout your home, and reduce the stress on your pipes, which then decreases the chance of your pipes developing a leak.

#3 Don't Use Your Pipes as Rods

Next, don't use your pipes as rods or shelves. You should not hang up clothing on your pipes or hang up buckets or anything else for that matter. You do not want to put additional weight and stress on your pipes. It may seem like your pipes can support the weight, but they really can't. Over time, that can lead to the joints and fasteners getting detached, which can cause plumbing leaks and damage, so be careful how you interact with your pipes.

That rule applies under your sink as well. Keep the area around your pipes clean and clear. Don't put so much stuff under your sink that there is pressure on your pipes; that could lead to avoidable damage to your pipes, and leaks in the future as well.

Keep your pipes from leaking by installing a flow sensor for your appliances and most-used faucets. Install a pressure reducer if your overall home water pressure is too high. Don't use your pipes as rods and don't pile things up around your pipes under the cabinet either; this extra pressure can lead to damage and leaks.

For more information, contact your local leak detection services.

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