No one likes when they discover a leaking pipe, or come home to a flooded mud room because of a pipe that burst. While we depend on plumbers to fix those big, unexpected problems, there are a few precautions we can take at home to reduce the likelihood of bigger issues happening down the road.

 

Reduce Water Pressure

As nice as high water pressure can be while taking a shower, it can also add stress to your pipes, and increases the chances of a plumbing leak. It makes your pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves work harder, and can reduce the life of your plumbing. You can measure your water pressure at home on your own, and if the pressure registers outside of the normal range, which is between 40 and 85 psi, you can hire a plumber to install a pressure reducer.

 

Soften the Water

If your water has high mineral content, also called hard water, it can drastically shorten the lifespan of your home’s pipes, which will result in plumbing leaks. Those naturally occurring minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, build up inside pipes and restrict flow, which increases pressure. Not only can they restrict flow, but they can also corrode joints and fittings.

 

If you’re wondering if you have hard water, there are a few ways you can find out. A telltale sign of hard water is a white buildup on shower heads and faucets. If your home receives municipal water service, you can easily find out how hard it is by looking at the annual water quality report. If you have a well, you can check your most recent water test report for hardness information. The only effective way to deal with hard water is to install a water softener, which needs to be done by a plumber.

If you’re in need of plumbing services, such as repairing a cracked pipe or installing a water softener, Cox Plumbing can help you with whatever your needs are. Our team of trained professionals will know exactly how to help out and can talk you through the best way to solve the problem. Give us a call at 262-542-6921 to set up an appointment today, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.