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Some of the most common plumbing leaks while you are away from home

Plumbing leaks can be a significant concern when homeowners are away. Here are some common types of plumbing leaks that can occur:

  1. Pipe Leaks: Pipes can develop leaks due to corrosion, freezing temperatures, or other factors. Check for any signs of water stains, mold, or unusual dampness around pipes.

  2. Appliance Leaks: Dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters are common sources of leaks. Inspect the connections and look for any water accumulation around these appliances.

  3. Toilet Leaks: Toilets can develop leaks around the base or through faulty seals. Ensure that toilets are properly sealed and check for any signs of water on the floor.

  4. Faucet Leaks: Leaky faucets can waste water and cause damage over time. Inspect all faucets for any dripping or water accumulation.

  5. Water Heater Issues: Besides leaks, water heaters can develop issues like pressure relief valve leaks or tank corrosion. Regularly inspect the water heater for any signs of problems.

  6. Frozen Pipes: In the Pacific NW it isn't so common, but freezing temperatures can lead to burst pipes. Ensure that the heating system is functioning correctly, and pipes are adequately insulated.

  7. Sump Pump Failures: If your home has a sump pump, ensure that it is in good working condition, as failure can lead to basement flooding.

  8. Clogged Drains: Accumulated debris or clogs in drains can cause water backups. Check for slow drains and address any issues before they escalate.

To address these potential plumbing issues, consider implementing regular home checks, especially during periods of extreme weather or when the house is vacant for an extended period. Additionally, consider preventive measures, such as insulating pipes, turning off water supply when away, and scheduling regular plumbing maintenance, can help mitigate the risk of leaks.

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