HOME SWEET HOME: Preventing water leaks in your home


HOME SWEET HOME: Preventing water leaks in your home

This article is brought to you by State Farm.

Sometimes water leaks in your home are easy fixes, but they can quickly turn into major problems. They can cause serious damage if overlooked or if no one is there to shut off the water.

Here are some tips created by State Farm experts to help prevent a water leak in your home:

Check water bill

The first step is simple and will prevent the headache of further investigation into a possible leak. You should first check your water bill. If it seems uncharacteristically high, you may have a leak. You should immediately call a professional if the bill is extraordinarily high.

Inspection

Periodically, do a simple inspection of your piping. Look under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Make sure the pipes aren’t leaking at the joints, or from the bottom of the p-trap. Check around appliances that use water like your dishwasher, refrigerator, sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets. Also look for discolored, cracked, or warped flooring.

Now, inspect the supply lines to those same fixtures. Check for corrosion on supply line fittings and valves, and stains below the connections. Turn the supply line valves off and on to make sure they work properly, and don’t leak when activated.

Don’t forget to inspect rooms directly below any bathrooms. Look for stains on walls or ceilings, or a musty smell. If you have a basement or crawl space, check exposed drain pipes, and look for signs of water leaks. Basements are often a space that goes unchecked and can have some of the worst leaks or floods.

Listen for any sounds of dripping water, or periodic refilling of your toilet water supply. None of these issues typically cause damage to your home. But they can cause damage to your wallet through increased water bills.

Replacements/installments

For toilets, try replacing the flapper valve, located at the bottom of the tank. For faucets, installing a new O-ring, or cartridge, typically stops the drip.

If during your periodic inspection you find any leaks, signs of water damage, or corrosion of pipes, call a qualified plumbing contractor as soon as possible.

For more on how to prevent leaking water around your home, visit statefarm.com. or call 1 (800) 782-8332 to speak with a State Farm representative.

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