Leaks rank among the most common plumbing calls we make in the Fontana, CA area. The problem with leaks isn’t that they’re hard to fix — a trained plumber can pinpoint it, patch it up and/or replace the damaged pipe reasonably quickly — but spotting the leaks in the first place. If the leak is obvious, it doesn’t take long to spot it, but many leaks take place behind the walls, in the basement and other places where it can be weeks or months before it’s noticed. In the interim, it can cause a great deal of damage to surrounding materials, such as drywall, furnishings and even electrical wiring.
We believe in preventing leaks as much as repairing them, and the good news is that there are ways to check for potential leaks and cut down on their causes before they cause any damage.
Check the Water Pressure
High water pressure is one of the things that puts excessive wear on pipes, and can lead to bursts or leaks if you’re not careful, Ideally, the pressure in your pipes (as measured in pounds per square inch or psi) should be between 40 psi and 85 psi. Any higher and you’re probably putting too much strain on your pipes, A hose bib guage can be used to do this, available at any hardware store.
Install an Automatic Shut-Off Valve
The best prevention for leaks is the installation of an automatic shut-off valve, which is placed at the apex of your water line. It detect a sudden drop in pressure in your pipes and snaps the valve closed, cutting off the water supply before the leak has a chance to cause any damage. And while suddenly losing water may be an inconvenience, it also alerts you to the problem instantly and lets you take care of it before your home suffers from it.
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