Tips For Preventing Your Pipes From Freezing And Causing Leaks

Tip#1

Wrap your plumbing pipes in heat. Exterior piping is the most important. If there is cold temperature, water is not being used and your cold-water pipes come in contact with the exterior portion of your building, the pipes are highly likely to freeze. Water will not freeze in pipes if it is moving. Therefore, if you will be away from home for long, leave all the faucets open. The best option is insulating the entire space.

Tip#2

It is not hard to spot a plumbing fault. Many homeowners do not routinely check their pipes. Therefore, when a puddle of water suddenly appears in their basement and it damages their valuables, they have completely no idea what is going on. Inspect the visible pipes in your house. You might not know what to look out for when inspecting your pipes. Things to look out for include buckling drops of water and rust. These indicate that there is a problem somewhere.

Tip#3

A stuffed sink can cause a leak. Once in awhile, always inspect the space underneath your kitchen sink to see if there are any water drops.

Tip #4

Set back your spigot valve. In some circumstances, you might need to install a frost-free hose bib especially if your piping is passing through a cement foundation. With a hose bib, it will be possible to shut off water closer to the inside of your house. That will prevent freezing.

Tip #5

Radiators require an open valve and a good revel. You first need to check the pitch of your radiator. Make sure that it is always pitched back towards the steam source. A plumber will help you with that if you are not able to do it. That way, when there is water condensation, it can easily drain back to the boiler.

Tip #6

A leaky water heater is simply a dead water heater. The major problem is that when the lining wears out, the water will drip from the base. If a lot of water is dripping, you should call the manufacturer and provide the model number of your heater. You can be lucky to discover that it is still under warranty. When changing the heater, it is advisable to install a pan under it. A competent plumber will help you with many heater problems.

Tip #7

Do not blow a gasket. Instead, replace it. In most cases when water is dripping from the shower sprout, the problem is a defective seat within its body or a defective washer. As long as there are isolation valves that will isolate water to that shower, it will be a very easy fix. First, isolate the water to that shower. Secondly, disassemble the handles then remove them from the stem where the washer is. Finally, replace, reinstall, and check out how it works.

Tip #8

Trace the trap leak back to the wall. In most cases, the leak is usually on the backside, where it connects to the wall. In such a scenario, you will need to disassemble the drain work. It is even possible to do the tightening with your hands to see if the leaking will stop. If the leak does not stop, use a wrench to do the tightening. A plumber can assist you if you do not have the time.

Tip #9

O-rings and washers are more affordable than a new fixture. If the washer is worn and you squeeze it, you can still get a drip even thou it is defective. You need to remove what is defective, install a new washer, tighten it, place the handle back, and finally test it.

Tip #10

Mechanical faucets are susceptible to wear and tear. Therefore, they cannot last forever. No matter how superior your mechanical faucet is; it will one day start leaking. Some people prefer to retain the faucet that is already there despite its age. Other people prefer to install new faucets. A faucet can be very old and corroded to the point where it is hard to find spare parts. Many times, it is cheaper to install a new faucet.