Leaking and burst pipes can cause significant water damage to properties, resulting in expensive repairs and disruption to daily life. You can prevent leaks and burst pipes by taking proactive measures. And by implementing these solutions from United Water Restoration Long Island, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.
A good habit to get into, and one of the most effective ways to prevent leaks and pipe bursts, is to inspect your property regularly. That includes both the interior and exterior plumbing systems. A thorough inspection includes checking for:
Most common leaks are quick to find and fix. Some leaks, such as those in underground pipes or behind walls, may go undetected for months or even years. Regular inspections and maintenance can help to identify leaks before they cause a disaster.
WaterSense, a program created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), promotes water efficiency and conservation, helping consumers save water, energy, and money while protecting the environment. According to the EPA, a typical household leak can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year. That is equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Here are other facts:
The cost of water wasted due to leaks can add up quickly. Fixing household leaks can save a homeowner 10% on their water bills. And replacing old toilets with WaterSense models can save 13,000 gallons of water for the average family.
The High Costs of Water Damage
Before diving into the solutions, we will discuss the gravity of the problem. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, the average cost for a water damage claim is around $10,000. Moreover, water damage is one of the most common reasons for insurance claims, accounting for 28% of homeowners insurance losses.
These statistics highlight the need for preventative actions to stop leaks and pipe bursts before they lead to costly damage.
Monitor Your Water Bill
An unexplained increase in your water bill may indicate a hidden leak within your home. Monitoring it can help you identify a potential problem early on.
Be Mindful of Your Home’s Water Pressure
High water pressure can cause stress on your pipes, increasing the likelihood of a pipe burst. A water pressure gauge can help determine if your water pressure is within safe limits.
During winter, pipes exposed to colder temperatures are more susceptible to freezing and bursting. When the water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipe walls, which can cause them to crack, rupture, or burst. And that ends up causing a mess. While this is not concerning in warmer climates, it is for Long Island property owners, especially those occupying older homes and buildings. Insulation can minimize the risk of this happening.
Insulated pipes lose less heat, making your hot water system more energy-efficient, and pipe insulation can help reduce condensation that can lead to mold and mildew.
Keep Your Home Warm: Maintain a Consistent Temperature
In addition to pipe insulation, maintaining a consistent temperature in your home or business can help prevent freezing and potential bursts. Extreme temperature changes can cause pipes to expand and contract, leading to cracks and leaks. Follow these guidelines to protect your pipes during colder months:
By following these preventive measures, you can protect your property from the devastating effects of Old Man Winter.
In the event of a leak or pipe burst, it’s crucial to know where your home’s main water shut-off valve is. By turning off the main water supply, you can minimize the amount of water damage that occurs.
A leak detection system can help you identify water leaks before they become a nuisance.
Smart water monitors: Devices can analyze your water usage, detect leaks, and even automatically shut off the water supply if an issue is detected.
Water alarm sensors: These sensors can be placed in areas susceptible to leaks, like basements and under appliances, and will sound an alarm when they come into contact with water.
Whether a leaky pipe or appliance water-line failure, a leak defense system gives you direct control over protecting your property and possessions. It can monitor everyday water usage, save you from flooding, and offer peace of mind.
Having your plumbing system inspected and maintained by a professional is an excellent way to prevent leaks and pipe bursts.
Regular inspections and maintenance are keys to keeping your plumbing system running smoothly.
The EPA WaterSense program provides resources to consumers, such as a Fix a Leak Week campaign each March. The initiative encourages homeowners to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Additionally, the program offers tips for detecting and repairing leaks, such as checking for dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. They also guide consumers on how to select WaterSense-labeled products designed to prevent leaks and save water.
Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to prevent water damage from pipe bursts and leaks, such as conducting regular inspections of your property, investing in pipe insulation, maintaining a consistent indoor temperature, and implementing a leak detection system.
By being proactive and taking anticipatory steps, you can protect your property from the devastating effects of leaks and pipe bursts. And if you do experience a loss, never hesitate to call United for 24/7 emergency mitigation and restoration services.
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