by Duane Blanton on October 23, 2015

3 Ways to Prevent a Slab Leak

There are very few home disasters that are as expensive as a slab leak. Unfortunately, many Round Lake families do not even realize that they have plumbing issues until an incredible amount of damage has been done. This is why every homeowner should understand some of the simple steps that they can take to reduce the chance of a life-altering slab leak developing just below the foundation of their home.

Round Lake, IL Plumber1. Track Your Water Bills

It is not a bad idea for every homeowner to make a habit of saving their water bills for at least a few years. Many utility companies now offer this service free of charge, and it could help you identify plumbing issues early on. Instead of comparing your water usage from month to month, you should compare your current bill to a bill around the same time last year. Huge changes to the bill might be the result of minor cracks, leaks, or blockage. An emergency service call with your plumber could prevent extensive damage in the future.

2. Have Your Water Pressure Tested

Everyone loves to have great water pressure when they are getting in the shower or cleaning dishes in the sink, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. High water pressure in thin or old pipes will drastically increase your risk of a burst pipe under your home. During annual maintenance calls, your plumber will be able to test the water pressure coming into your home as well as going out. If the water pressure is exceptionally high, changing it to an appropriate level will help to preserve your pipes and extend their lifespan.

3. Test Your Water’s PH Level

The PH level of our Round Lake local water is determined by a variety of factors. This includes where your water is coming from, what is added to the water, how many times it is filtered, and even the pipes that it is running through. One of the biggest benefits of hiring a local plumber is the fact that they know the PH level of local water and can help you prevent damage due to the water being too soft or too hard. Whole-house water softeners with a bypass valve can be used to maintain the right PH level throughout the year no matter where your water is coming from.

Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Round Lake, IL home! Call Duane Blanton Plumbing at  (847) 855-0000 to get it fixed.

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