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How to Avoid Water Leaks in Your Sacramento Home

Published on December 26, 2013

Check Appliances for Leaks Regularly to Avoid Larger Problem

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No matter how big or how small water leaks are, they are annoying and damaging. Regardless of how extensive one you have in your home is, it still wastes water and money, and need to be stopped as soon as they begin. Actually, they should be stopped before they begin.

Whether it’s a basement leak, a roof leak, or a leaky faucet, we’re here to help you prevent them from ever occurring in your home.

Tips to Avoid Water Leaks

  1. If you plan on planting new trees in your yards – especially ones like silver maples that have aggressive roots – you should put them at least 20 feet from your home to protect the foundation of your basement.
  2. To help prevent basement leaks, you should make sure that surrounding soil is away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so water will drain toward your yard, and away from your foundation.
  3. Would you have guessed that toilet failures are the second most common cause of water loss in homes? Well, they are, and the easiest way to prevent this from happening is to make sure that your bowl refills after flushing. This way, you can catch any problems right away.
  4. Though the mornings and days in Sacramento are filled with nice weather, some nights they drop to as low as 28 degrees. That’s why it’s important to winterize your pipes, even if you yourself aren’t in winter mode. Pipes can become frozen and burst, causing a bigger leak than you should ever have to deal with.
  5. Roof leaks can be avoided by cleaning debris off the roof regularly.
  6. Your water heater works hard every day to provide you and your family with hot water, and how often do you think about it? Probably never. Well, in order to avoid not only a leak, but also having no hot water running throughout your home, you should check it regularly. If it’s rusted, or getting up there in age (they are usually good for about 10 years), you may want to consider a replacement.
  7.  It’s a good idea to replace washing machine hoses every three to five years to prevent them from leaking.
  8. Downspouts should be pointed away from the home’s foundation. You can actually install lead guards and downspout extenders to direct water ten feet away from the house.
  9. Just to be safe, you should periodically check around appliances like a refrigerator or washing machine to see if there is any leaking water.

Leaks are only a problem when they begin – so don’t let them. Use these leak prevention tips, and call Boyd Plumbing today if you have any questions!

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