Preventing water leakage: building interior
Look over your equipment; if you see something that worries you, it's probably time to get involved. Here are some things you can do.
- Make sure hose connections are secure on water supply lines to washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers and other appliances that use water.
- Re-caulk and re-grout around sinks, showers and tubs. Leaking shower pans and loose or missing tiles should be repaired.
- Check and replace washing machine hose every 3-5 years as part of a proactive maintenance program. Sooner if there are signs of cracking, bulging or other deterioration. Consider replacing traditional reinforced rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses, for increased durability and longevity. For additional peace of mind, consider a stainless-steel braided hose with a built-in auto-shutoff mechanism.
- Follow the recommended maintenance procedures for all appliances and equipment. This includes periodically draining a portion of the water out of the water heater to flush out the sediment in the bottom of the tank. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Tankless water heaters also need regular maintenance and servicing as well as water softener and water filtering systems.
- Regular maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor will help keep air conditioner pan drain lines clear of deposits that can clog the line.
- When the weather turns cold, a trickle of water from both hot and cold faucets may help prevent frozen pipes Another good idea is to open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
- Insulate water pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts, such as those located in garages and basements, to help reduce the chance of leaks from frozen pipes.
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