How to Reduce Stress on Your Pipes to Prevent Leaks

How to Reduce Stress on Your Pipes to Prevent Leaks

When your pipes experience long-term stress, it can result in plumbing leaks that either requires repairs or complete replacement of the system. However, a home replacement is a costly investment, a job ranging from $2,000 to $15,000. Nonetheless, homeowners are capable of maintaining the integrity of their pipes and avoid serious leaks.

Reduce Water Pressure

While high water pressure can be great when you’re taking a shower or filling up a pot, it causes substantial stress to your pipes and increases the likelihood of a leak. Furthermore, it makes your pipe joints, faucets, and appliances valves work even harder than usual.

Normal water pressure should register between 40 and 85 psi. If it is above that range, reach out to a licensed plumber to install a pressure reducer.

Install Water Softener

Water that contains high mineral content, known as hard water, is found in most homes in the United States. Naturally occurring minerals – calcium and magnesium – build up inside the pipes and restrict their flow, thus increasing the water pressure. In addition, hard water can corrode joints and fittings.

If you notice any white buildup on faucets and shower heads, that is a telltale sign of hard water. You can have a plumber install a sodium-based softener.

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