Drip, Drip, Drip. You can hear water somewhere in the house, but you are not sure where it is coming from. That sound means that water and money are being wasted and potentially building into a larger problem. Leaks can create significant damage in your home and be costly to repair if not caught early. Even if you are on top of maintenance, leaks can and do happen. It is important to complete regular checks on common leak culprits such as your gutters, toilets, water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine.
The Austin, TX area is already headed back into drought conditions in 2016. Here are some tips to help you conserve water and keep your bill in check. If you need help completing some of the work required in these 9 tips, give us a call. 1st Home and Commercial Services would be happy to send a certified technician to help you. We can help identify potential problem areas and hopefully fix them before they become bigger and more expensive issues later.
Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses Every 3-5 years
It is important to check these hoses and make sure they are properly attached. Has it been a while since you had your washing machine hooked up? You probably use the machine often, but do not even think about the hoses connecting it to the water supply. Next time you do the laundry, take a peek and make sure everything is working right and maybe even invest in some new hoses. If you can’t remember the last time they were replaced, it is probably time to do so. No one wants to come home to a flooded house, courtesy of the washing machine.
Winterize Your Plumbing
Austin is not known for super cold weather, but it is still a good idea to be prepared. Frozen pipes are costly and create a lot of damage, quickly. If a cold snap is expected in the area, be sure to unhook hoses, cover outside faucets, and turn off and drain your sprinkler system.
Plant Trees Away From Your Home
People often select trees and shrubs that grow quickly for landscaping at a new home. Trees that grow aggressively can have root growth that may pose a threat to your plumbing. Make sure that trees are planted at least 20 feet away from a house to prevent any issues.
Check the Slope of Your Soil
The soil surrounding your home should have a slope of ¼ inch per foot to allow water to flow away from your foundation. Water that pools around the foundation during and after rain can cause flooding and water damage around and inside your house.
How Old Is Your Water Heater?
When is the last time you checked on your water heater? It is often one of those things that we take for granted until it is not working correctly. A typical water heater is good for about 8-12 years. After that, they may begin to work less efficiently, not heat correctly, and even leak. Make sure to check on this important piece of equipment.
Clean Off the Roof
Leaves and debris fall regularly onto the roof of your house. If these are not removed, water will get trapped and pool on the roof causing costly water damage and leaks. Schedule time during season changes to check for anything that may need to be removed.
This tip goes with the one above. Downspouts are intended to move water away from your home and foundation. It is important to check that they are positioned in a way that allows water to flow correctly. Make it a habit to check that the downspouts are in the right place and not blocked by debris.
Monitor Washing Machines and Dishwashers
These are another example of an appliance that we use daily and often take for granted. We start them up and often walk away, if not leave the house while they work. Next time you start either one, take a moment to ensure that it is filling correctly and that water is not collecting under or around the machine. Clean areas where water drains in the machine to ensure proper cleaning power and efficiency, but also to make sure you don’t come back into the room one day and find a swimming pool from over flowing water.
Check the Toilet
Toilets are one of the most common causes of water loss in a home. They run, leak, and over flow. Next time you flush, make sure that the water fills correctly in the tank and bowl. Did the water shut off? Do you notice anything wrong? If you do, it may be time for a tune up or replacement.
These 9 leak prevention tips should help you catch problems before they cause major damage. Need assistance with repairs or replacements? We would be happy to help. Need a trained eye to help spot potential problem areas? We can help with that too. Contact 1st Home and Commercial Services today to schedule a visit.