Leaking pipes can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Not only do they cost a fairly large amount of money to fix, but they also waste water and increase the water bill. They can cause damage to the house and to personal possessions and keep people up at night with the noise. In order to reduce the chances of leaks developing, it is possible to decrease the amount of stress that the pipes are under. There are two different ways that you can do this.
1. Decrease Overall Water Pressure
This can be a frustrating decision to have to make, but it is the single easiest way to reduce stress on pipes. Even though a long, hot shower after a long day of work can feel like the best thing in the world, it's easier to make the money from work go farther if you aren't constantly spending to repair pipes. Your entire plumbing system will have a greatly reduced lifespan if you have high water pressure, resulting in more leaks and a greater chance that you will have to replace everything.
It's easy to go to a hardware store and purchase a device that will measure your home's water pressure. If it's higher than recommended for your specific brand of pipes, contact a plumber to install a device that will reduce the pressure of the water. Taking these steps will increase the lifespan of your plumbing system and save you a great deal of money.
2. Increase Water Softness
The next step that can be taken is to increase the softness of the water. Water hardness, or a high mineral level in the water, can result in composite building on the sides of the pipes. This composite will reduce the amount of room through which the water can travel, increasing the overall amount of stress on the pipes. This can shorten the lifespan of the pipes and make them more likely to start to leak.
First, check your water hardness by looking at the water test that your local water supplier puts out. Then, install a water softener along the pipeline that brings the water into your home. This water softener will essentially remove the minerals and reduce the likelihood that composite will build up along the walls of the pipes.
If you have any more questions about decreasing the likelihood that leaks will form, contact a local plumbing company like EMC Mechanical.