Relatively innocent leaks drip water from the source into the drain or sewer line. This wastes water and costs you money, but it doesn’t cause any damage. However, leaks from pipes, fittings, and hoses can damage your home and lead to high repair costs. Here are the other places to watch out for potential leaks.
Plumbing pipes have a long lifespan. Brass pipes can last for as many as 70 years while copper pipes can last for more than 50 years. Properly maintained PVC pipes can last indefinitely. But the fitting, joints, and faucets are more likely to fail. If your water bill is unusually high, that might be an indication of an undetected leak.
Check around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks for any soft spots or moisture. Keep an eye out for loose tiles as well. If you have a dishwasher or a refrigerator with a water line, look for warped or discolored floorboards. Catching these leaks early is the secret to saving thousands of dollars in damage.
Unless you’re doing laundry, you probably don’t think twice about your washing machine. But if it breaks down, the results could be catastrophic. For example, if the supply hose is damaged or has a faulty connection to the wall or washing machine, more than 600 gallons of water could potentially spill out within an hour. That could lead to significant damage, especially if your washing machine is located on the second floor of your home.
During severely cold winters, interior pipes can freeze over and burst. That’s more likely to happen if you have certain types of pipes, such as swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and pipes with minimal insulation that run against exterior walls.
In Utah, protect your pipes. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes using heat tape or pipe sleeves available in your home improvement store. If you have water supply lines in your garage, keep the garage door closed as often as possible. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate. If you plan to spend some time away from your home, leave the heat on and set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees. You can’t control the weather, but you can put up a good fight to save your pipes.
Water heaters have a shelf life. You could wait until your water heater starts leaking to replace it. But if you’re being smart about avoiding water damage, you should replace it every 10 years. a tankless water heater can last for as many as 20 years. Regularly inspect your water heater to check for signs of moisture build-up, mold, or corrosion. Doing this simple step can prevent costly water damage restoration in the future. If your water isn’t as hot as it used to be or there’s rust coming from your faucets, it’s time to call a plumber or water heater specialist.
During the winter, when the heat inside your home causes water to melt in the middle of your roof. The water then refreezes near the edges, forming a dam that prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up can leak into your home and damage ceilings, walls, and other areas of your home.
If you find any signs of water damage, call us for help. Since 2010, water damage restoration experts at Sierra Restoration have helped guide Logan residents through the water damage restoration process: water cleanup, repairs, restoration, mold prevention.
When you contact Sierra Restoration for your water damage restoration needs, you don’t just get a highly-experienced team that specializes in high-quality water removal and cleanup services, you are also choosing a water damage restoration company that is fully licensed to handle all reconstruction work that may need to happen after any water or mold problem.