Water Leaks: 3 Plumbing Tips that Will Help You Avoid Problems

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Our house has suffered from its fair share of water disasters. And unfortunately we've come home to find water leaks in our ceiling just above our kitchen (this happened as we walked through the door from a red eye flight back from Seattle, NOT FUN!).
I've also handled numerous calls from our tenants that have dealt with overflowing toilets, faucets leaking, washer hoses bursting, you name it.
So after my neighbor had to replace his water pressure regulator I decided to share easy plumbing tips that you can act on today or over the weekend that will help prevent water leaks:
+Test your water pressure with a $10 gauge and make sure it's not above 80 psi
+If your water pressure is too high have a licensed contractor install a regulator
+Adjust your existing water pressure regulator to reduce pressure to 55-75 psi
+Replace old supply lines with the steel braided variety
+Replace old shutoff valves in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms with quarter turn ball valves-they are easier to use and rarely break compared to older valves
It's much cheaper to avoid replacing a collapsing drywall ceiling then actually having to hire a contractor to fix it :)
For more pictures and a video on how to adjust the water pressure in your house you can visit my latest blog post http://www.homerepairtutor.com/water-leaks-3-plumbing-tips-that-will-help-you-avoid-costly-problems/
Have a great day!
Do you have one of these in your house? This water pressure regulator keeps water pressure under 80 psi which in turn helps extend the life of your copper pipes & appliances.
Use a water pressure gauge to measure your, ummm, well water pressure :)
Old supply lines and shutoff valves like this one should be replaced before your spring a leak that can cause you quite a bit of aggravation and money.
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  • Mike Mike on Mar 05, 2019

    80 PSI? Around here, suburban Chicago, it is 55 PSI max.

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  • Roy Terry Roy Terry on May 28, 2019

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips to avoid water leaks. Great tips. Keep sharing more articles like this. If you have a water leak in the pressurized water system of your home you can count on our extensive building and plumbing experience to quickly locate the problem. As experienced leak detectors we utilize modern equipment and years of experience to quickly and accurately meet your leak detection needs.

  • Roy Terry Roy Terry on Jun 14, 2019

    These kind of plumbing tips really help homeowners to free from the common plumbing issues.