4 Tips to Prevent Your Indoor Pipes from Bursting
Burst pipes – it's the calamity that strikes dread into the hearts of homeowners. The relentless flow of water inside your home can cause serious damage to your precious belongings and even result in structural damage if it remains undetected long enough.
For that reason, we’ve assembled four important and easy-to-follow tips that can help you avoid such a catastrophe from occurring in your home.
1. Regular Water Pump Maintenance
One of the leading causes of pipe damage is a phenomenon called water hammer. Water hammer is the sudden change in flow rate inside your pipes. An abrupt surge in water pressure can result in leaks at joints and even burst pipes. You can help prevent water hammer by keeping your water pump properly maintained and functioning well.
At least once a month, check the seals on your water pump and lubricate the bearings according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Check to ensure that the water pump is securely mounted on the base.
It's also a good idea to have your water pump checked and adjusted by a plumbing professional once a year. A qualified technician can inspect the pump and fine-tune it for optimal performance. The bearings, belt drive, and other critical components can be checked, repaired or replaced if necessary. It's also an opportunity to check the motor by performing a temperature and vibration test.
2. Check Your Pipes for Leaks
Burst pipes don't always occur all of a sudden. They often start out as tiny pinhole leaks that get worse over time. It's, therefore, a great idea to check your pipes on a regular basis for any indication of leaks.
Check the areas where your pipes are exposed for any signs of pooling water or moisture. Don't forget to look in cabinets under sinks, around the washing machine, dishwasher, and your water heater.
Of course, a significant portion of your pipes is concealed within the walls. You can check for hidden leaks by first ensuring that all of the taps in your home are shut tight and that no water is being used by any of your appliances. Then, look at your water meter. If it shows that water is being consumed, you may have a hidden water leak.
3. If You Have a Leak, Call a Professional
If you spotted a leak, or suspect that one exists hidden within your walls, it's best to call an experienced professional to take care of the repair. A qualified plumbing expert will have the tools and expertise necessary to quickly identify and correct the problem.
A plumber can also ascertain if the leak is an isolated issue or if it is indicative of a larger problem, such as the deterioration of your pipes due to prolonged wear and tear.
4. Have Someone Check In On Your Home When You Are Away On Vacation
The potential damage that can be caused by a burst pipe during a single day can be enormous. So, can you imagine how bad it would be if one happened while you were away on a two-week vacation? That's why we often suggest having a trusted friend or neighbor stop by your home every day or two while you're away to make sure everything is okay.
Not only will it give you greater peace of mind during your getaway, but it may also help protect your insurance coverage since some policies may limit or refuse coverage if a home has been left unattended for prolonged periods of time.
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