Four Tips To Save Your Plumbing Pipes

Leaky faucets and pipes can be a homeowners worst nightmare. Along with being irritating, your pipes could burst, causing potential (and damaging) flooding. If this were to happen, most times you'd immediately call a plumber.

Plumbers are highly trained when it comes to plumbing, but there are steps you can take to avoid any leaky pipes. Outlined below are four tips to save your plumbing.

Keep Your Pipes Warm and Cozy

Pipes in southern climates can be considered more vulnerable to bursting due to the winter season. This is because your pipes may be located in areas that aren't insulated, along with temperatures freezing only a couple of times a year. This is considered to be a big mistake!

All pipes need to be insulated. If your pipes touch the exterior portion of your home that isn't protected, this can cause them to freeze and burst. The insulation will keep them warm, preventing freezing.

Always Keep An Eye Out

Even if you aren't exactly sure what you're looking for when you realize you have a leaky faucet or pipe, there could be two main indicators as to why it's happening. Rusting and/or buckling are very common for leaky pipes, so always checking your visible pipes for these issues is highly recommended.

You can often get these fixed quickly before it's too late. 

Check Your Radiator

Even though a radiator (a device for space heating) isn't a specific pipe, it is connected to a pair of flow and return pipes. Many homes have one and it can potentially burst and/or leak if not treated correctly. Like pipes, a radiator that isn't being used can burst from freezing water.

The expansion of the freezing water can cause hairline cracks to develop, compromising the whole system. When you finally pressurize your radiator, it won't be able to handle the pressure, and burst along those hairline cracks. This can cause water damage and many flooding issues.

Trace Your Leak

Often enough, your leak may just be from loose pipes connected to the wall. If you don't notice rust, buckling, or freezing, all you may need to do is tighten your the pipe connected to your wall. If you can't twist it by hand, you can use a wrench to tighten it. If it stops leaking, you're in the safe zone. 

While there are many things that can cause leaky pipes, a bit of self maintenance will do wonders in protecting them. If you have tried these steps, and are still suffering from a leaky faucet or pipe, calling your local plumber is recommended.