You’re familiar with the fact that even a small leak in your house can quickly become a major problem if it’s not dealt with properly. This is not only the problem you have to fix the original cause of the leak, but also the subsequent problems such as damaged drywall, ruined flooring and moldy ceiling tiles. These problems can quickly add up, as well as the increased water bills that you will likely be paying each month. Many household leaks can easily be avoided with some preventative measures, which we’ll outline below.
Look out for leaking pipes.
A leaky pipe can go unnoticed for a long time. It’s usually too late to notice the problem and damage is already done. It’s important to inspect your cabinets, ceilings, floors, and drop tiles in order to prevent this from happening.
You should call a local Long Beach Plumber if you see any water spots or moisture damage. It is possible that you are wondering why your household has a leakage problem with the tubs, toilets and sinks. Leakages can be caused by many reasons. These reasons include corrosion, rust and high water pressure.
Soggy Bathroom Floor? You need to inspect your toilet.
You may be experiencing a problem with your toilet if your bathroom floor feels damp or wet. As time goes by, it is not unusual for the wax ring seal at the toilet’s base to crack.
The problem could also be caused by loosening or rusted bolts that secure the toilet to the ground, or by a problem with the pipes/valves that lead to your toilet not being correctly aligned. Regular inspections of the anchoring points for your toilet base to the floor are recommended. Other signs that indicate a problem include strong sewer odor rising from the toilet bowl or water puddles around the base. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, you must fix it immediately to prevent further damage.
Make sure to inspect the hoses of your washing machine
Many homeowners don’t realize that their clothes washer’s water hoses should be replaced every few years. The hoses and connectors can become weaker over time due to normal wear and tear and age.
They may leak during use. You should be on the lookout to find leaking hoses and any water buildup around your washing machine. It is recommended that your washer’s hoses be replaced every few years. Also, a professional plumber should inspect your connections annually. A washing machine leak can lead to excessively high water bills every month and damaged or moldy floors in your laundry room.
Inspect your Kitchen Appliances
Leakages from refrigerators and dishwashers often go unnoticed for a long time. They are hidden beneath or behind the appliance. It is important to inspect these units frequently to ensure there aren’t any leaks. Make sure to clean your refrigerator’s water lines and make sure they are secure. These connections can get clogged with hair and dirt, which can cause problems with the functionality of your fridge.
These two appliances could be leaking if there is a musty odor or discoloration on the floors around them. For assistance, call a local Long Beach Plumber immediately if you suspect there is a problem.
Assess the foundation condition of your home
If the foundation is damaged, your home’s structural integrity could be at risk. A slab leak is a water leak from under your foundation. Leaks can be caused by shifting soil under your home, high water pressure within your water lines or incorrect construction techniques.
You can’t prevent many slab leaks. You can take care of your drains by being careful about what you flush and wash down them. A slab leak could be indicated by cracks in the foundation, water pooling around your home’s base, low water pressure while you shower, wash dishes, and do laundry. For any repairs that are necessary, contact a local Long Beach Plumber and/or foundation specialist as soon as you can.