Leaky faucets and showers can be one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can have. They seem to spring out of nowhere with little-to-no warning. If left unchecked they can cause serious damage to not only your pipes but your home in general. In this blog, we’re going to talk about a few things you can do to catch leaks early, or ideally before they ever happen.
Reduce water pressure
A common mistake that many homeowners make is that they have their water pressure too high. Although living in a home with high water pressure can be great because of its convenience, it may cause problems with your pipes by causing them to leak more frequently and have a higher chance of damaging your faucets, joints, and valves.
Start by measuring your water pressure. This can be done on your own with a hose bib gauge, or you can call a plumber who will get that taken care of. Your pressure should be between 40 and 85 psi, anything higher and you should immediately go to your pressure regulator and lower it. Remember that changing your shower head will not reduce your water pressure, it just regulates how much is released at once.
Soften your water
Water softening is the process of taking hard water (water filled with calcium, magnesium, and other metal cations) and removing it so that the minerals don’t buildup on pipes, drains, or faucets causing them to not function properly. Hard water can lead to significant corrosion in fittings that hold pipes together and will lead to hefty plumbing repair bills.
Start by inspecting your shower head and faucet for any mineral build up around where the water comes out. If there’s a lot of buildup, chances are you are dealing with hard water. If your home has a well water system, you can get it checked. Anything over 140 parts per million is too high and you should arrange for it to be fixed.
A common way to soften your water is to install a water softener. Depending on how hard it is, you may need a different quality softener, so make sure to check in with your plumber and water supplier before making any moves.
Leaky faucets are one of the most common plumbing issues out there, but it doesn’t have to be a constant frustration for you like it is for many homeowners. If you want to prevent leaks for good you need to start by talking to a plumber you can trust with all your needs, contact High Tech Plumbing today!
With over eight years of experience in the industry, we have the resources to help you fix a leak and keep your plumbing working properly so you won’t have to worry about it. If you’d like to see a full list of services we offer, visit our General Plumbing Services page and our Specialty Services page.