Leakages in plumbing can lead to costly water damage and mold cleanup. You can avoid the inconvenience by making small investments in your time and money.
You can quickly shut off water supply to your entire house if there is a leak in the plumbing.
Install Shut-Off Valves on Individual Appliances and Fixtures
This allows you to maintain water flow in other areas of your house and make site-specific repairs. For less than $10, you can buy quater-turn or ball-type shutoff valves. You’ll typically pay between $50 and $150 an hour for a plumber, with a minimum of two hours.
Install a flow sensor
Install a flow sensor to detect plumbing leaks and shut off water to your entire home or one appliance. The cost for a specific appliance is around $75. The cost of whole-house flow sensors can run into the thousands. Add in the expense of hiring a plumber.
Take Hoses out of Outdoor Spigots
To prevent freezing water from cracking pipes, remove hoses from outdoor outlets. Exterior spigots should be equipped with frost-free water hose bibs.
To prevent frozen pipes and shorten the time it takes to get hot water, pipe insulation can be added to cold areas of your house, such as crawl spaces, basements, garages, or basements. For as low as 35 cents per ft, pipe insulation tubes are available.
Do not use exposed pipes as hanger rods to store clothes or for laundry.
This can cause plumbing leaks by loosening joints and fasteners.
Do not overload Vanities and Sink Cabinets
You can clog water supply pipes and drains by stuffing too much into your cabinets. This can cause plumbing leaks and loosening of connections. Drips can be difficult to spot among piles of cleaners or spare TP.
Even tiny leaks can cause pipes to corrode faster and lead to significant water damage and mold. You should take the time to inspect your pipes for leaks or drips.