Much of the water damage in homes are caused by simple plumbing problems that can easily be repaired. Issues with leaks in areas around sinks are one of the problems that you want to be aware of to prevent problems with mold and mildew growth. If you can catch a leaky faucet in time, the simple repairs could save you from costly water damage repairs and mold removal work. Here are a few tips to help you prevent problems with leaky faucets and the problems that they cause:
1. Repairing Fittings and Rings That Have Worn and Cause Leaks
Repairs are going to be needed for faucets that you use daily; wear causes seals and rings to begin to fail and leak. Some of the most basic faucet repairs will involve removing the old seals and replacing them with new ones. Before you attempt to replace any type of rings or gaskets; turn the main water supply off and then open all the faucets in your home to get the water out of the lines. Removing water from the lines will help prevent a watery mess while you attempt to do one of these repairs.
2. Using More Water-Resistant Materials and A Catch Pan Beneath Sinks
Water damage and mold are caused by two things; moisture and organic materials. The moisture feeds the mold, and the organic materials create the perfect growing conditions. The mold and mildew cause wood materials to rot, which can lead to structural damage in homes with wood-frame structures. To reduce the optimal growing conditions for mold, use water-resistant materials in cabinetry with sinks. In addition, you may want to use a large pan to catch any water that may come from a leaky faucet in the bathroom or kitchen.
3. Replacing Faucets and Parts of Plumbing Fixtures When They Wear Out
As you use faucets, parts will wear out eventually. Some of the components of your faucet may be replaced if they are separate pieces. If you have a single unit faucet where the hot and cold-water controls are incorporated into the faucet, then you will need to completely replace it. If you are not sure about what should be replaced or if you need a new faucet, it is a good idea to contact a professional plumbing service to help with the problem.
These are some tips to help you with preventing water damage that starts with leaky faucets. If you need help with these repairs, contact a plumbing service and talk with them about what is causing the leak around your faucet.