Do These Five Things to Protect Your Plumbing

If you are like many people, you take your plumbing system for granted. You expect water to come out of the faucet each time you need it, but that won’t always be the case. Plumbing problems show up when you least expect them and cause a range of other issues if you don’t catch them in time. The good news is that you can protect yourself from plumbing problems by implementing these five simple tips.

1. Insulate Your Pipes

Insulating your pipes is a smart choice if you would like to save money and protect yourself from possible problems. In cold climates, pipe insulation prevents pipes from freezing and cracking. The weather in Fort Myers rarely gets cold enough for that to happen. However, Florida has no shortage of humidity. Insulating your pipes can cut down on condensation, which helps prevent a humid environment in your home.

Eliminating moisture prevents mold from growing. Mold causes a stuffy nose and sore throat in most people. In rare cases, though, people can have severe reactions that require a hospital visit.

2. Install Leak Detectors

A leak can happen at the worst possible time and cause more harm than you think. It only takes one inch of water to cause up to $25,000 in water damage. If you would like to protect your home and budget from unexpected leaks, installing leak detectors is a smart way to reach your goal. Some leak detectors even send alerts to your phone so that you will know about the problem right away.

3. Install Water Hammer Arrestors

If you hear a knocking sound when some of your appliances turn off, you might want to install a water hammer arrestor. Appliances that shut off water quickly cause the remaining water to drop back to the valve, which creates this alarming sound. This problem is more than an audible nuisance; it can damage your plumbing system if you don’t address it.

4. Install a Water Softener

If you live in an area with hard water, don’t overlook the advantages of installing a water softener in your home. Hard water contains calcium and other minerals that cause low water pressure, corrosion and damage plumbing fixtures. A water softener solves that problem by removing the minerals and provides cleaner, better-tasting water.

5. Add an Anti-Sweat Valve to Your Toilet’s Water Supply Line

During Florida’s hot and humid summers, many people discover water dripping from their toilet to the floor. This dripping happens when the hot air in your home contacts the toilet that contains cool water. Install an anti-sweat valve to prevent sweating and to put this problem in the past.

Get Professional Assistance

You can take many steps to safeguard your plumbing from the unthinkable, but you need to contact a professional if you want the best possible results. The team at Aztec Plumbing is ready to meet all your plumbing needs at a fair price. If you would like to get started or to learn more about us, call 239-932-2959.

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