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How to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks can be tricky things. We provide prompt and effective leak repair services throughout the  Plano, TX area, but unless the leak is obvious, it can go for weeks or months before being detected. A leak hidden in the walls or crawlspace can seriously damage the surrounding wood and even short your electrical wiring before it’s finally spotted. By the time you spot the problem, it could already be too late.

The best solution, besides keeping an eye out for the signs of leaks and checking your meter periodically to spot any unusual activity, is to take preventative measures to stop the leak before it starts. There are a number of means by which this can be done.

Check the Water Pressure

Ideally, water pressure in your pipes should be between 40 psi (pounds per square inch) and 85 psi. You can use a hose bib gauge — available at most hardware stores — to periodically check the pressure and ensure there’s not too much strain on the pipes.

Soften the Water

Hard water can be very tough on your pipes, and over time it can increase the rate at which it corrodes and wears you. A water softening system installed in your plumbing can lower that risk.

Install an Automatic Shut-Off Valve

The most effective means of stopping leaks is installing an automatic shut-off valve in your main water line. This device measures the water pressure in your pipes, and whenever it drops below a certain level — which invariably happens when a leak occurs — it snaps shut and cuts off the water supply. In addition to halting the spread of water, it alerts you to the problem, and lets you summon a plumber immediately to get it fixed.

The experts at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning can install and repair these devices for you!

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