Water damage can be an expensive repair for any homeowner. To prevent plumbing leaks and reduce the risk of water damage to your home, add these steps to your home maintenance routine.

1. Maintain the HVAC System to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

The air conditioning unit creates condensation and has lines that allow the condensation to be drained from the machine. If the condensation line fails or becomes clogged, water can back up into the unit and cause damage. Having your HVAC unit serviced is the best way to maintain the condition of the condensation lines.

2. Inspect the Toilets

The water supply line to the toilet can begin to leak over time. Whenever you are cleaning your bathroom, check to see if there is water dripping from the supply lines on the back of the toilet.

If you find water is leaking from the hose, shut the water off to the toilet. The shut-off valve is often directly on the supply line. Replace the supply line to the tank to prevent that small drip from becoming a large leak.

3. Inspect the Attic to Prevent Household Plumbing Leaks

During and after a rainstorm are good times to check the attic for water leaks. Loose, damaged, or missing roofing shingles can let water seep inside. Inspecting the attic and crawl spaces for signs of water damage will alert you to a small problem before it becomes a major issue. If you notice signs of water damage, contact a roofing specialist for a complete inspection.

4. Be Careful What You Pour Down the Drain

No matter what your water source is, it is important to be aware of what you are letting down the drains. Some items, such as baby wipes and paper towels, can clog the pipes. This can cause water to back up into the house, or the pipe may eventually break.

Chemicals like gasoline, paints, and pesticides, should not be poured down the drain. If you live on a septic system, grease and other food particles can harm your system. If a municipality supplies your water, contact them for a list of the products that should not be flushed down the drain. Help prevent household plumbing leaks by being mindful of what goes down the drain.

5. Inspect the Clothes Washer

Similar to the toilet, there are water lines running to the back of your clothes washer. These lines can become loose or worn with age and should be inspected periodically. Leaking or broken washing machine lines are a common but preventable household leak.

One way to avoid any future trouble is to replace the lines even if they still appear to be in fair condition. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines on how often they recommend replacing the water supply hoses.

Follow safety guidelines concerning water and power shut off before making any repairs. Contact a contractor or service company to handle repairs safely and follow any manufacturer’s instructions.

Step by Step Inspections offers home inspections in Charleston and the Lowcountry. We can use thermal imaging to uncover issues like moisture intrusion. Contact us to schedule an appointment.