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Common Causes of Leaks in the Home (and How to Prevent Them)

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A home that has water leaks is never a good sign. It wastes water, ruins furniture, causes mold, and perhaps worst of all, can damage the very structure (and safety) of your property. So, it’s fair to say that we should all be doing as much as we can to prevent leaks.

In order to stop your home from leaking, you first need to know what causes them, and then you need to know how to prevent them. If there’s a leak in your property, there’s a good chance it was caused by one of the following:

Broken Seals

Seals don’t last forever, especially where water is involved, and they will wear out with age. So, if you’ve noticed water flowing out from under your dishwasher or there’s condensation building up in the laundry room, chances are you’ve got a broken seal on your hands.

You can’t really prevent seals from breaking, but what you can do is be vigilant. The sooner you see the tell-tale signs of a broken seal and have a contractor come out and replace it, the less damage any leaks will do.

Clogged Drains

A lot of clogged drains are merely inconvenient, but if a blockage forms in your gutters or your air conditioner’s drain pans, for example, they could do a lot more damage to your property inside and out.

To prevent this, keep your air conditioning system and gutters spotlessly clean, and in the case of your air conditioner, perhaps call in an air con maintenance service to give it the once over. The better maintained they are, the less likely they are to give you any trouble of the watery kind now and in the future.

Roof Damage

If you’ve noticed water spots on the ceiling and water is dripping down on you from above, it’s highly likely that your roof is damaged. It could be that a tile is loose, and you should be able to repair that yourself, or it may be something more serious like a crack or a structural insecurity caused by falling objects, wind or hail.If that’s the case, you may need to call in a hail damage repair service or roofing contractor. They’ll know how best to patch up your roof so that it no longer leaks.

You can’t  always prevent damage from falling objects like trees and the weather, but you can make an incident less likely by trimming trees close to your property, covering your roof with a strong tarp before a storm hits and adding extra insulation to your roof space.

Corrosion

Unfortunately, even the best plumbing systems don’t last forever. Eventually, the water that runs through them, and the elements they’re exposed to (if they’re located outdoors) will cause them to rust and weaken. When this happens, it’s only a matter of time before your home springs a leak.

In order to prevent leaks from old, corroded pipes, the best thing you can do is call in a good plumbing service and have them fit new ones. If that’s too expensive right now, using pipe clamps to stem the flow or patching the leak with pipe wraps will provide a temporary solution.

Apart from keeping a keen eye out for the above, just maintaining a general sense of vigilance around your home, looking for signs that things aren’t right will help you to catch the causes of a leak before they have time to develop.

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