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Oct 10 2015

4 Tips for Keeping Appliances Leak-free

Dishwashers, water heaters, and laundry machines are just a few examples of the many types of appliances found in the modern home. While these devices save us a lot of time and effort on mundane tasks, they are also a source of frustration and expense when they aren’t maintained properly. To get the most out of your appliances, be sure to use these simple tips to keep them free of leaks and other issues:

Check Hoses and Valves

Washing machines and other high-volume appliances are put under a lot of mechanical stress on a regular basis. The hoses and valves that transport water into the machine can become brittle and faulty over time. These components are often under high pressure from direct water flow, so they can burst and cause a huge mess.

Adjust the Pressure

Most plumbing systems can be modified so that the operator can control the pressure of water running through the lines. Consider installing a valve to lower pressure if yours is currently over 60 pounds per square inch, as this can strain appliances to the breaking point.

Install Water Catches

You can put a large plastic pan underneath your washing machine to catch any liquid that drips out. An accumulation of water in the container is a good indicator that you might have a leak, and you won’t have to worry about damage to the floor or walls.

Monitor Household Water Consumption

It may be impossible to keep track of every droplet of water that is consumed in the house, but it’s a good idea to keep track of your water bills throughout the year. If your bill begins increasing without an obvious explanation, then you might need to schedule a leak inspection of your pipes and appliances. Even a small amount of water loss can put a dent in your budget over the course of months or years. There is also the risk of property damage if a faulty water line finally gives way and dumps water all over your floor. Follow these simple tips and consider contacting a professional plumber for a full inspection to address any plumbing appliance problems you may be experiencing.

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