Plumbing Leak Prevention

8 Smart Tips that Could Save You Future Trouble

1. Locate Your Home’s Main Water Shut-Off Valve

Many customers, especially at rental properties, never consider locating the main shut-off valve. This is typically located where the water line first enters the structure. If there’s ever a plumbing leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.

2. Install Shut-Off Valves at Individual Appliances and Fixtures

This allows you to keep water flowing in other areas of the house while making site-specific repairs. You can find quater-turn, ball-type shut-off valves for less than $10; you can expect to pay around $50 to $150 per hour for a plumber, often with a minimum two-hour charge.

3. Install a Flow Sensor

Install a flow sensor that detects plumbing leaks and automatically shuts off water to the entire house or a specific appliance. Those devoted to a specific appliance are more attainable and start around $75. Whole-house flow sensors may be the right option for some customers, but costs can reach the thousands. Plus, factor in the cost of a plumber.

4. Remove Hoses from Outdoor Spigots

We know it's inconvenient to unhook a water hose, but removing hoses from outdoor spigots in winter can prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing plumbing leaks or, worse, a flood. Install frost-free hose bibs at exterior spigots.

5. Add Pipe Insulation

Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house—such as garages, basements, and crawl spaces—to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water). Pipe insulation tubes cost as little as 35 cents per foot. It's a small investment that could save you plenty.

6. Don’t Use Exposed Pipes as Hanger Rods for Laundry or to Store Clothes

Can you ever have enough closet space? Probably not...but hanging items on exposed pipes can loosen joints and fasteners and lead to plumbing leaks. Probably not what you were hoping for.

7. Don’t Overload Vanities and Sink Cabinets

When you crowd stuff into your cabinets, you can jostle water supply pipes and drains, loosening connections and causing plumbing leaks. If drips occur, they’re tough to spot amid piles of cleaners and spare toiletries.

8. Fix Problems Quickly

Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly and cause significant water damage or mold. Take the time to scout for signs of leaks and drips periodically.

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Water Leak Adjustment Request Form

If you experienced a water leak on your property impacting a recent utility bill, complete this form so we can see if you are eligible for a bill adjustment.

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