How to Prevent a Faucet Leak

How to Prevent a Faucet Leak

Leaky faucets happen to the best of us and don’t seem to weigh heavily on most people’s minds. However, a leaky faucet can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day, so it is important to have the problem repaired as soon as possible. Along with wasting a considerable amount of water, this can quickly add up to higher water bills, as well as money spent on damage repairs.

To help prevent the problem from becoming worse, there are several things you can do to help detect and prevent a faucet leak, including the following:

  • Replace rubber washing machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses to ensure that they can prevent leaks and cracks, as well as provide a longer expected life.
  • Check exposed pipes under your bathroom and kitchen sink for signs of a leak.
  • Look for soft floor beneath your toilet. Simply stand straddled over your toilet and rock back and forth on each foot to determine if the floor feels spongy. This typically means that the floor is rotting due to a leak.
  • Check the showerhead for leaks. While this may not be the most common cause of a leak, it can still waste a significant amount of water.
  • Install a flood alarm, which will warn of water leaking from any appliances or overflowing sinks.
  • Check for low water pressure in any of your sinks or tub.
  • Check for excess water in the yard, as this can be a sign of leaking pipes.
  • Check the basement drain, air conditioner drain line, or hot water heater pressure relief valve to determine if there is a leak.

Do You Have a Repeat Problem?

If you find that your washing machine, water heater, or other large appliance is consistently leaking, you may want to invest in a floor drain to help remove standing water from your home. This will help to prevent flooding and foundational damage.

It is important to always choose quality parts and plumbing fixtures. This will help to prevent future problems and will ensure that you get the best value from your equipment. Your new equipment should also be installed by a skilled plumber who can install it correctly to ensure that it works properly going forward. If a faucet leak continues to rear its ugly head, make sure to have a plumber repair the problem in a timely manner to help keep any resulting damage to a minimum.

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