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If you neglect plumbing needs, however minor they may seem, you’re basically flushing money down the toilet! Leaks add up to gallons of wasted water and your water bills will rise. The moisture that develops creates a habitat for mold growth and exposes your family to potential respiratory problems. Broken pipes can damage the foundation of your home or furnishings and expose your family to clogs, backed up fixtures, and even sewage problems.

However small your plumbing problems may seem don’t let them accumulate! They can grow from a minor inconvenience into a potential health and safety risk for you and your household. In addition, water damage can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Checking the water meter is a great place to start. After you turn off all the water, jot down the number and then come back again in 20 minutes to see if there are any changes. Other great places to have a look are the tank parts of your toilet, particularly the flapper valve. There’s also leaks from bathroom and kitchen sinks, washing machine hoses, and drips from bathtubs and showers. Some homeowners even run into puddles around their water heater and those are just the ones inside your home. You should also check your outside hose bibs for leaks, rust marks and functionality.

A couple of ways you can go about it is measuring the level of water pressure entering your pipes. The normal psi (pounds per square inch) range is typically 30-50 psi. When it goes above 60, water hammers begin forming and that’s when leaks begin to spring up. Your residence’s water pressure should never exceed 80 psi.

Another way you can limit the stress on the pipes is having a water softener installed. It eliminates the minerals from resin beads that you often see in hard water. These cause the gradual corrosion of your pipes and start to wear them down.

A water filtration system is going to be your best bet for this.  Please check our Filtration Systems Installation page for more information.

Basically, it’s an implemented plumbing system meant to be environment-friendly. It saves money, uses less energy, and wastes less water.

In this process, you start reducing leaks and making sure your pipes are the correct size and durability. Another way to do that is by selecting eco-friendly models of showers, sinks, and toilets. In addition, having a tankless water heater involves using less electricity or gas.

Of course, these changes don’t need to be made all at once, they can be gradual. In the long run, it’s more beneficial for you financially and for the environment.

These are choices you can make on a regular basis to help:

  • Using the energy-efficient settings of your appliances
  • Keeping the water turned off when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Regularly checking for leaks
  • Taking more showers and fewer baths

These are appliances you can upgrade to:

  • Greywater Systems
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Faucet Aerators
  • Low-Flow Showerheads
  • Low-Flush Toilets

Pipes burst for a variety of reasons, but mainly:

  • They move
  • The water pressure is too intense
  • Corrosion occurs

Each policy is different, so please reach out to your insurance agent.

Being aware of your piping system prevents future property damage and proper maintenance is very important.

For future prevention, you can do the following things:

  • Have the seals of your tubs and showers caulked regularly so they’re watertight.
  • Have the hoses of your appliances regularly checked, like the dishwasher and washer. Any bulges or earing indicate the need for replacement.
  • Keep an eye out for leaky faucets and toilets.
  • Shut off the water supply to the washing machine when you go on vacation.

PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene) is flexible and more cost effective, cutting labor time in half. It has a much stronger durability and makes it challenging for bacteria to grow inside of it. Although copper meets the plumbing standard, in many cases, PEX is more advantageous.

Low water pressure happens for a number of reasons. Mineral buildups, blockages, corrosion from being old and wearing down gradually, or a possible leak from your plumbing system.

What you can do is check if the main shut off valve is open all the way.

If you only experience low water pressure in a specific fixture, then check your faucets. Your aerator or the line in the sink may be clogged. The same applies to your shower head and nozzle. If it’s from the outputs, it may be caused by your water heater.

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