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The Importance of Regularly Checking Your Pipes

January 16, 2012 | Blog

Dallas-Fort Worth Plumbers and Appliances

Regularly checking the pipes in your home can save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs after a burst pipe or leak. We’ve all heard stories of people who return from vacation or a hard day’s work only to find water has been pouring into their kitchen or basement due to a burst pipe or leak. In many cases, these problems could have been avoided if the homeowner had just checked the pipes and connecting water lines on appliances in the home.

Kitchen Pipes, Water Lines, and Danger Signs

Checking appliances is essential when avoiding damage associated with water leaks and burst pipes. Here’s a rough list of what to look for:

Sinks: Check the caulking around your sinks and the pipes beneath them. If you have an older home, make sure there aren’t signs of corrosion or rust.
Dishwashers: Leaks often happen where hoses that provide the water supply connect to a dishwasher. Evidence of leaks are discolored or warped tiling, water stains and water damage on nearby cabinets, and unusually soft flooring material.
Refrigerators: The most common risk for a water leak on a refrigerator is the supply hose on ice cube maker models. Here, you need to make sure the supply line is firmly attached and there are no signs of leaks such as discolored or warped floor tiling.

Bathrooms and Water Leaks

When homeowners discover water stains on ceilings and walls adjacent or beneath a bathroom, they’re often surprised to learn that their shower is the culprit. If you have a tiled shower stall, grout and caulking can deteriorate, allowing water to slip in beneath cracks and leak into drywall and flooring.

Clogged toilets or problems with supply lines attached to a toilet are another cause of water leaks and damage. These should be checked regularly.

Washing Machines, Water Heaters, and Water Leaks

Washing machines move or vibrate when in operation. As a result, water supply lines can loosen and hoses can crack or fray. Also, sufficient space must be provided between water hoses, washers, and the wall. Ideally, there should be at least four inches of space to ensure water hoses don’t kink.

Water heaters, especially if they are old and need to be replaced, can leak. Typically, a water heater last between 8 to 15 years. When hot water depletes sooner than normal, your hot water heater may have sediment in it – a problem often associated with older hot water heaters. If not replaced, the base of the unit could crack, resulting in a leak.

Call Public Service Plumbers

If you have a water leak or notice indications of a leaking pipes, call Dallas-Fort Worth plumbers at Public Service Plumbers today. For over 50 years, we’ve helped homeowners and businesses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area will a wide variety of appliance and plumbing needs. Give us a call today at 214-363-4477 to learn how we can help you.

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