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June 17, 2020
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Preventing Internal Leaks

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Water damage in your home can be a costly and time consuming problem so it's important to protect your house from any external or internal water leaks. There are several things you can do to prevent leaks and damage they cause, all of which can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

Catching internal leaks early is the best way to prevent any serious damage so periodically checking your appliances and water pipes is worth considering. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common places for leaks to occur, so looking after these areas could prevent any unnecessary misfortune. If you have any new appliances keep a close eye on them as brand new equipment can sometimes have faulty connections or be fitted incorrectly. Regular maintenance to your appliances is the best way to stop any problems before they occur so it's a good idea to schedule in some time every month to attend to this. If the water in your sink is draining slowly it's usually be a sign that some blockage has occurred which could, in turn, be causing damage to your pipes. Try to fix the problem quickly and remember to check the pipes regularly to make sure they are in good working order.

If you suspect you may have a leak checking your water meter should help you assess the extent of the problem and can confirm or deny your suspicions. Firstly turn of the water supply and check the meter reading. Leave the water off overnight and recheck the reading in the morning. If the number has changed it's probably down to a leak so you can set out to find the source before it causes any serious problems. If you find you do have a leak the first thing you should do is make sure the water supply is off, stopping the flow of water and giving you precious time to call out a plumber.

If you are going on holiday or leaving your home vacant for a few days shut off the water supply directly at the source so you don't have to worry about it while you're away. It's also a good idea to leave a set of your house keys with a family member or a close friend so if anything happens while you're away they can access your home and take care of the problems immediately.

To protect your home from the inconvenience and costly price of internal leaks it may be a good idea to check you're covered on your home buildings insurance. It's also a sensible to make sure your family or tenants know where the water shut off valve is, and how it works, so they can stop the water flow if you're out.

Protecting your home from internal leaks may not be on top of your to do list but by taking the time to check your appliances and water meter you could save money and give yourself the peace of mind that your home is safe from water damage.


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