How to Avoid Water Leaks in Your Dream Home

Avoid Water Leaks in Home

You’ve finally done it! You’ve made it into the Houston home of your dreams and life is going swell. You want to make sure that your home stays in tip-top shape, and part of the way to do that is by taking care of your home’s plumbing. Water leaks could pop up at any time and, if they go unnoticed, they can lead to serious damage and mold. While Loyalty Plumbing will be here for any of life’s big plumbing emergencies, we want you to stay happy and secure in your dream home. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of the things you can do to prevent and avoid water leaks that may damage your home inside or out. Follow along to learn these tips and help protect your home!

Inside Your Home

There are many areas inside your home that may spring leaks, so knowing where they are and how to protect them will put you ahead of the game.

  •  Make a habit to check all drains and accessible pipes at least once a month to make sure they are intact and functioning properly.
  • Make sure your drains stay cleared of clogs. Try to keep tough food bits, oil, and grease out of your kitchen sink, and remember to do routine cleans of your bathroom drains to prevent the buildup of hair and soap products in those pipes.
  •  If you have a little extra money to spend, look into leak monitoring devices. These can help if you have a larger home, as they can help detect leaks in the areas that you can’t get to.
  • Know where your water main is and how it works. This is the control for all of the water in your home, so being familiar with it can help down the line. Also, if you shut off the water main for your home when you go on longer trips then you can prevent leaks from happening in your absence.
  • Take good care of your water-based appliances. Keep them well maintained and clean to prevent them from developing leaks.
  • Keep an eye on the water pressure in your home. It should stay at a fixed level, usually between 40-70 psi. If it moves outside of this range, it may be a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the line.
  • If you do find a leak in your home, be sure to address it as quickly as possible. Give Loyalty Plumbing a call for any leaks that you discover!
How To Avoid Water Leaks in Home

Outside Your Home

On the outside of your home, there are several spots that should be checked out to prevent water leaks from popping up and causing damage to your home.

  • Make sure your gutter and downspouts stay clear as much as possible, as well as make sure that the runoff is directed safely away from your home’s foundation. These areas may not seem like a part of your plumbing system, but if they flood or create standing water around your home there could be damage done to the foundation…or pests could decide they have a new favorite hangout. Be sure to do a thorough cleaning at least twice a year.
  • Disconnect your hose from the spout. This should be a task that you do each time you use your hose, especially leading up to fall and winter when water can freeze in there and cause water to back up and leak into your home.
  • Make sure that any plants aren’t located too close to any of your pipes. Plants with deeper roots run the risk of curling around and breaking through your pipes, so make notes of where your utility pipes are and try to keep landscaping away from that area.

With everything that you put into getting into your dream home and making it the perfect place for you, you should do everything you can to protect your assets and the best place to start is by protecting and maintaining your plumbing. Loyalty Plumbing is always available to help with any emergency or project, no matter the size, and we hope this article has helped learn how to avoid water leaks in your dream home!