When you are getting ready to put your home on the market, the last thing you want is to find a plumbing leak that has caused significant water damage. When you have leaking water somewhere in your home, it can leave you with costly repairs as well as dangerous mold issues. This can kill any contract you have with a potential buyer in a hurry. Lifeline Home Inspection is here to share some tips to help you avoid this problem so you can avoid any issues as you get ready to put your home on the market.
Maintain Normal Residential Water Pressure
If you have too much water pressure in the plumbing system, it can cause issues with your pipes that lead to leaking water. If the water pressure in your pipes is higher than 80 psi it’s too much. This can cause undue stress on your pipes. If you have more pressure than you should, it needs to be inspected by a plumber so that you can find the source of the problem.
Consider a Water Softener
Hard water can mean bigger problems that glasses that end up with spots on them when you pull them out of the dishwasher. Hard water means that you water has a high mineral content in it. This mineral content can cause build up on the inside of your pipes. This can lead to corrosion in your pipes and built up pressure. A water softener works to remove that high mineral content and leave your pipes flowing freely.
Keep Water Pipes from Freezing
If the pipes in your house freeze, it can cause significant damage to your home. This is a problem because as water freezes, it also expands. This expanded ice will become so large that your pipes can handle the pressure and will burst. It is important that you do everything in your power to avoid freezing pipes. This is especially true as we get ready to head into the winter months. You should never allow your home to get colder than 55 degrees to avoid frozen pipes.
Washing Machine Maintenance
Often, when a home sustains water damage it happens because they had a leaking washing machine. Part of maintaining your washing machine means that you are frequently checking the hoses leading to and from your washing machine and replacing them as needed to avoid leaking. These hoses tend to get brittle and break down with time. You can avoid the problem all together when you are frequently inspecting these hoses and replacing them. Most machines need to have their hoses replaced every 3-5 years.
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If you are getting ready to sell your home, you know that the buyers will need a home inspection before the process is complete. Calling on the experts at Lifeline Home Inspections for a pre-listing inspection can help you feel prepared for the process. Call us today!