How Can I Prevent Water Damage at Home?
When you're a homeowner, you’ll do anything in your power to protect your most precious investment. However, one rather large detail usually falls under the radar — your home’s plumbing system. While it may seem as if it’s functioning efficiently, there’s always a chance it may suddenly take a turn for the worst one day.
That said, if you’re looking to protect your home from water damage, and save money on expensive repairs in the process, here are a few pro plumbing tips to take into consideration:
1. Install a Leak Detector
Plumbing disasters often occur when you least expect them — from a burst pipe to a leaking water heater, the list is daunting and endless. However, to spring into action and protect your home from irreparable damage, you should consider having an electronic leak detector installed!
This state-of-the-art leak detection system relies on 3.5” leak sensors that will be placed in high-alert areas, such as near a water heater or a washing machine. The minute that the detector senses there is a leak (if an abnormal temperature is detected or moisture is found), it will notify you through your smartphone!
2. Invest in a Whole-House Filtration and Conditioning System
If hard water is present in your home, you know that it can take a toll and leave its mark (literally) on your H2O-based appliances (i.e. the kitchen skin), as well as your entire plumbing system. If you’re looking to help keep your humble abode’s plumbing in pristine condition, consider investing in a maintenance-free, whole-home water filtration and conditioning system.
With this helpful gadget, before H2O is delivered to the source (i.e., your bathroom sink), the filtration and conditioning system will soften the water (by adding sodium ions) and will remove hard H2O ions. Instantly, you’ll notice a difference in the quality of your home’s water and you’ll thank yourself, in the long run, for being proactive about protecting your plumbing system.
3. Insulate Your Water Supply Pipes
Whether they supply hot or cold water, it’s vital to insulate all of your home’s water supply pipes. This will help prevent heat loss and lessen the potential of the H2O traveling inside of them from freezing; it also increases heat retention. The best way to insulate your water supply pipes is to invest in foam rubber tubes — which can be found at your local home improvement store and are relatively simple to install!
4. Add an Anti-Sweat Valve
Whether it’s the middle of the summer or right after you’ve taken a hot shower, there’s a chance that the tank on your toilet will begin to sweat. Since this isn’t something that any homeowner looks forward to, luckily, it can be prevented with an anti-sweat valve!
This essential piece of equipment is installed where the cold and hot water lines meet in the middle. Once in place, a homeowner can regulate the amount of hot H2O that will help control the tank’s water temperature and stop the toilet from sweating once and for all!
5.Install an Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis System
If you knew what was lingering in your water, you’d think twice before using your kitchen faucet to refill your water bottle. That said, if you’re looking for clean, drinkable water, consider installing an under-sink reverse osmosis water filtration system.
Having a reverse osmosis system installed can help remove:
Chemical contaminants (i.e., arsenic, radium, and nitrates)
6. Consider Having a Water Hammer Arrestor in Place
There’s nothing more frustrating than having a water hammer (this is the result of a pressure surge when the fluid inside of a pipe is abruptly forced to change its direction or stop altogether) present in your home. If this goes overlooked, not only will you have to put up with those loud, lingering noises, but that “hammer” could also damage the faucets and pipes in your home over time.
To help get around this, consider having a water hammer arrestor in place to help absorb the shock of the water’s force. Doing this will help lessen the impact H2O could take on your pipes and faucets, keeping them in tip-top shape for the years to come!