Drip, drip, drip.
We’ve all dreaded that moment when the water just won’t stop gushing. When your kitchen or bathroom is quickly becoming the set of Waterworld.
Water leaks around the home can range from a frustrating dripping faucet to the devastating gush of water that comes from a blocked drain or gutter. Not only can these water leaks be annoying to deal with, they can be costly to repair.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you 3 quick and simple tasks to do around the home to help prevent the waterworks from troubling you.
Clean gutters regularly
Fallen leaves, bird droppings and sediment are just some of the things that can block your gutter. With the severe storms hitting Melbourne’s South East suburbs regularly, keeping your gutters clean is important. Clogged gutters can result in the water building up and then spilling over and creating waterfalls outside AND into your roof space, flooding your ceiling. Keeping your gutters clean can also minimise rusting and prolong the life of your home.
If you spot damp / discoloured patches or condensation, contact an experienced plumber as soon as you can, to assess the issue and determine what’s causing the roof leak.
Be able to isolate the problem
Installing water isolation valves under your kitchen or bathroom sinks, washing machines or dishwashers ensures that if a tap leaks, you can quickly minimise the damage and then call a plumber.
In each of our tap rebuilds, we suggest fitting an isolation valve so you can turn off the water supply to certain areas of your home (kitchen, bathroom or laundry). It also means that in the future when a plumber calls, you can isolate the part of the house they’re working in and you can keep going about your day.
We’ve fitted isolation valve in our own home to help prevent water damage and already had it prevent some major damage in our kitchen! A flick mixer tap broke, with water flooding the kitchen bench but I was able to quickly turn it off and then replace the tap. For a $30 investment, we saved our kitchen cupboards and floors!
Fix that leaking tap
Last but certainly not least, having a licensed plumber replace tap washers or recondition your tap ware is a sure way to stop the drips. Did you know a leaking tap can waste more than 20,000 litres of water a year? It can also be a sign that your tap ware is on the way out and a bigger leak may happen.
Leaking pipes and taps don’t need to escalate to an expensive call out in the middle of the night. These three suggestions are just a few of the ways you can prevent water damage and leaks around your home. Next time, when the drip starts in the middle of the night, you’ll be prepared.
Want to discuss a water issue around your home? Feel free to book in a time with one of our plumbers for a free quote.