SMALL Leaks Can Equal HUGE Problems
For a lot of kids, summer means playing in the water. Whether they’re running through sprinklers, jumping in the inflatable pool, throwing water balloons at one another, or just swimming at the community pool, they’ll find a way to get drenched. This makes it the perfect time to talk about your outside taps. During the spring, summer, and fall, many homeowners put those taps through the wringer. Between watering the garden and the kids playing in the sprinklers, the taps are often on for long periods of time. As you use your outside taps and hoses, don’t forget to check all the connections periodically. Over time, it’s not uncommon for taps and connecting pipes to develop leaks, even if it’s just a small drip. A small drip today can be a huge headache tomorrow. For one thing, even a tiny amount of water is enough to promote the growth of mold. You might not even see the mold growing as the water gets into the foundation or frame of the home. And that’s another major problem — as water drips, it can also cause the surrounding wood, siding, or other material that may be around the taps to rot. Rot can lead to structural damage, which then turns into huge costs for the homeowner. Summer is a great time to watch for leaks. Once a month, do a walk around of all your outside taps. If you can, check the pipes that lead into the home. Look for moisture and signs of moisture (water stains, mold, rot, and so on).
It’s so much better to find leaks and take care of them now rather than during the cold months when freezing temperatures can cause even more problems, including burst pipes.
This is also a great time to talk about backflow prevention. If you’ve followed our newsletter, you may remember our discussion on backflow prevention from last year. It all comes down the backflow prevention device. Not every home has one of these devices, which connects to your water line. Homes with a well or an irrigation system should have one. Basically, if there is any chance your home’s clean incoming water can be contaminated by outgoing wastewater, you should have a backflow device. If water pressure does happen to drop, this can cause wastewater to flow backward and into your system. Water pressure drops are typically caused by leaks and pipe breaks. Nearby fire hydrants can also cause water pressure drops when in use if the hydrant is sharing the same line as your home and neighbourhood. Should you experience a water pressure drop, and should your home’s water become contaminated, stop using it immediately. Bacteria and other pathogens may be present. You need to call in professionals who can track down the problem and restore your home’s clean water supply. With that said, get out there and enjoy your summer, and we’ll deal with anything that comes up along the way. We’re standing by the phone, ready to take your call 24/7, no matter your plumbing, cooling, heating, or drainage needs!
1 604-532-9625 • –Tyler Dillonwww.lewismaclean.com
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