Here are some tips to help you smartly inspect your home’s plumbing system to find potential leaks!
Look into Installing a Smart Leak Detection System
To save time, work smarter, not harder when it comes to leak detection! Getting a Smart Leak Detection System installed in your home takes the guesswork out of finding potential leaks
Statistically speaking water damage is 7x more likely to affect your home than theft or fire. Get ahead of leaks that could lead to potentially catastrophic water damage with a Smart Leak Detection System like Flo by Moen. These systems can monitor your current water usage, detect any irregular flows, drips, or differences in pressure, and alert you straight on your phone. Plus, you could save potentially hundreds of dollars on your water bill by detecting small leaks that lead to bigger bills.
If you’re considering getting one installed, make sure that it’s done correctly by finding an installer within the Moen FloPro Network. These providers are fully trained by Moen to be experts in installing and maintaining these systems, and fortunately, Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is already a member. Give us a call to learn more about Flo by Moen, or to get yours installed by one of our licensed plumbers today!
Check the Kitchen
- Check for drips coming from your faucet.
- Check stability of the fixtures, if they are loose they may need to be tightened or replaced.
- Use strainers to keep debris from entering the pipe.
Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has a product called Bio-Line that is used to remove residue buildup from the inside of your pipe. If you think that your pipe would benefit from this product, let us know. We can also Cable out any clogs and use a Jetter to get the pipes clean!
Check the Bathrooms
- Check the toilet for proper flushing. If you have to hold the handle down for longer than normal to flush, you may have had an issue with either the toilet or water flow.
- Test the toilet for leaking. Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can test your toilet for leaks by adding special tablets to the tank water and seeing if the tank is leaking water into the bowl. If you have this problem, it is costing you money.
- Clean mineral deposits on your shower head for improved water flow. You can do this by putting enough vinegar into a plastic bag to fully immerse the showerhead. Find a way to attach the bag to the showerhead, Let it soak for at least an hour, and use an old toothbrush or small scrubber to remove the deposits after soaking.
Inspect your Water Heater
- Check the temperature to make sure it is set to not heat the water higher than 120 degrees to avoid scalding.
- Check the age of the Water Heater. Water Heaters have a lifespan of approximately 15 years. If your Water Heater is older than that, is it only a matter of time before it breaks down? It may be time to replace it.
- Schedule a Flushing for your Water Heater if it is due. Water Heaters should be Flushed every 6 months to avoid the build-up of sediment. (Unless you have a Tankless Water Heater, which does not need to be Flushed.)
Check Under the Sinks
- Look under all of the sinks in your home and check to make sure that none of the pipes are leaking. Check for signs of water damage as well.
- Check your water pressure on all of your faucets. If you notice that any of them have low pressure, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.
- Check the basement and pipes in your crawl space as well. Often, the pipes that aren’t seen are the ones that need attention.
- Check for leaks in your Sprinkler System and outdoor faucets.
- Schedule your annual check-up on your Backflow and make sure that your Backflow Prevention Assembly is up to current code.