What You Can Do To Prevent Damage From Plumbing Leaks

            If you have ever experienced a flood in your home or office caused by a plumbing problem, you know how inconvenient and costly it can be. There are several measures you can take to decrease the chances of damaging plumbing leaks in your building.

Problems that occur when a building is unoccupied or when the occupants are asleep will sometimes go unnoticed for a period of time. These end up doing more damage than those that are seen immediately and dealt with quickly. Below is a list of some of the things that you can do to lessen the chances of damage. Many are relatively inexpensive while others are substantially more expensive.

  • Make sure the supply lines to all of your fixtures such as toilets, faucets, washing machines, and dishwashers are braided stainless steel of high quality.
  • Some braided stainless steel supply lines also have pressure sensors that will shut the supply of water off if a pressure drop is detected. This type is typically more expensive than supply lines without these devices.
  • Make sure that the shutoffs to all fixtures are corrosion free, in good shape, and can be operated easily. If you can’t turn the water off when you have a leak you could have major problems.
  • Shut your main water supply off any time you will be away from your home for extended periods of time.
  • Install automatic whole house water shut-off valves or an automatic shut-off valve on just your water heater. Whole house water shut-off valves are generally more expensive than those used on a water heater.
  • Automatic water shut-off valves are relatively expensive and are divided into two groups:
    • Flow-based(Pressure-based) devices monitor water flow in the pipes, allowing water to flow continuously for a set volume or length of time and then will engage the shut-off valve
    • Sensor-based devices are used with water or temperature sensors. The sensors are placed in high-risk locations, such as near artwork or appliances that use water such as toilets, lavatories, washing machines, water heaters, etc. Sensors signal the valves to close when they get wet or fall below a critical temperature in areas subject to freezing temperatures.
    • Combination devices or multiple devices can be used for maximum protection.

Some insurance companies are recognizing the value of prevention devices and may offer an incentive to install prevention devices. Check with your agent to determine whether your provider offers any incentives.

Total Comfort Plumbing can provide and install a number of these products. Give us a call to determine what may be right for you and your properties.

In addition to plumbing leaks there are other conditions in and around your building that can increase the risk of water damage. We will discuss some of those conditions in a future blog.