When it comes to how troublesome cracked plumbing seals are, they’re all they’re cracked up to be in terms of the damage they can cause. The rubber gaskets and hoses in your home’s plumbing system create an airtight seal that lets water flow through plumbing pipes without leaking. Over time or without use they can crack and spring a water leak when you least expect it!
At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we know just how inconvenient and costly water leaks caused by cracked plumbing seals can be. We can help you avoid the hassle and expense of this preventable plumbing problem with our highly rated Seattle plumbing services. Plumbing peace of mind is only a phone call away!
How you can crack down on cracked plumbing seals in your home
Cracked plumbing seals can cause a lot of complications in terms of plumbing problems, but maintaining them is simpler than you think. Rubber plumbing components aren’t meant to last forever and will eventually show signs of wear and tear. It’s important to regularly inspect rubber gaskets and hoses for any signs of damage and replace them as needed. Signs of a hidden water leak such as higher than normal water bills and low water pressure may indicate cracked plumbing seals.
In addition to regular visual inspections, just turning on your water is all you have to do to keep your plumbing seals in good working order. Doing so keeps them moist and prevents dry rot from occurring. When this happens they become so dry, cracked, and brittle that leaks spring and cause water damage.
Most homes have a sink or bathroom that’s infrequently used, which is an invitation for cracked plumbing seals. Allow water to flow through the spigots for a few minutes every few days to keep the rubber gaskets and hoses in your plumbing pipes lubricated.
You may have heard that it’s a good idea to turn your water off when you go on a trip to prevent flooding, and while it is true that this can prevent flooding, it can also dry your plumbing seals out if you are leaving for a long time. Instead of shutting off the water, have a friend or family member turn on your faucets every so often while you’re gone to keep plumbing seals moist and to check for leaks.
Not sure how your rubber gaskets are holding up? Call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer for fast and friendly plumbing seal maintenance in Seattle!