Leaks are a major problem when they pop up in your home. Not only do they cost you money on your water bill, but they can also can cost you hundreds in home repairs and require a visit from a licensed plumber. Here are the most common leaks you may encounter as a homeowner.
1. Washing Machine
Washing machines are notorious for leaking. Avoid leaks by replacing rubber or plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hoses. Be sure to replace even steel hoses every five years. Check the connections every so often to ensure that they are tight.
2. Plumbing System
High water pressure, frozen pipes or even just age can cause your pipes to crack and leak. Keep your eyes open for signs of leaks like water spots, high water bills and pipes that make a loud banging noise when you turn them off. If you have high pressure, have one of our Pittsburgh plumbing experts install a water pressure regulator to lessen the strain on your system.
Toilets can develop leaks over time or have major issues in new construction. They also are highly susceptible to clogging, which can overflow the bowl and cause a mess. Keep a proper toilet plunger nearby for clogs and check behind the toilet every so often for leaks.
4. Water Heaters
Water heaters hold lots of water, and a leak can turn into a flood fast. Be sure to install a new water heater every 10 years to limit rusting and corrosion.
5. Drains and Sump Pumps
A backed-up sewer drain is the most disgusting and dreaded leak cause. We strongly encourage you to contact a Pittsburgh plumber to install a back-flow prevention assembly to avoid this.
6. Dishwashers and Refrigerators
Leaking connections, leaky hoses or even clogged drains under dishwashers and refrigerators can cause major damage. Every so often, check your floors near these appliances for leaks. Replace the hoses every few years.
7. Sinks, Showers & Tubs
These three bathroom necessities are also very susceptible to having leaky faucets. Be sure to fix these leaks when you notice them to avoid paying higher water bills.
If you notice any leaking or drainage issues with your plumbing, call Stahl Plumbing. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services to ensure that small leaks don't become big floods.
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