Leaks rank among the most common problems in any plumbing system, and here in Dumont, NJ, we see quite a few of them. They can be repaired fairly quickly, but they can also cause a lot of damage in the interim, especially if they take place in hidden areas like behind the walls where you won’t always notice them. Leaks rarely occur in a vacuum and most come about after a lengthy period of wear and tear on the pipes. By reducing the strain, you can reduce the damage, and thus keep the possibility of leaks to a minimum. Here’s how.
REGULATE WATER PRESSURE
Water pressure in your pipes is measured in pounds per square inch, or psi. You should probably keep it somewhere between 40 and 60 psi to avoid unnecessary strain on the pipes themselves (which can lead to leaks and bursts over time). A pressure regulator, installed by a professional in your plumbing system, can let you adjust water pressure levels to your liking, while a hose bib gauge (available for about $10 at any home improvement center) can let you monitor the water pressure in your pipes.
SOFTEN THE WATER
In addition to high water pressure, hard water — with a lot of mineral content — can be very hard on your system. Hard water deposits entail that crusty white build-up on your outlets, and over time can corrode the pipes themselves if left unaddressed. They can also cause other problems, like fading the clothes in your laundry and giving your drinking water an odd metallic taste. Consider the installation of a water softener in your home, in order to lower the mineral levels of the water and reduce the impact on your pipes.
The professionals at BZ Dependable can install any of the devices listed above and help you prevent leaks or bursts!