4. Keep an eye out for possible leaks
You may think leaks are easy to detect – a dripping tap, a wet sink cupboard, water slowly emanating from the washing machine – but not all leaks are so easy to detect.
Not only can they add hundreds to your water bill, but hidden leaks can also be the beginning of even greater plumbing catastrophes. A leak is far cheaper to repair than a collapsed plumbing system or a property flood.
In order to prevent this, make a habit of checking your pipes, taps, and other drains for hidden or silent leaks. What may only take a few minutes each month could end up saving hundreds of pounds in repair bills.
5. Watch the water pressure
Being observant of your water pressure is another easy task that may end up saving your bacon (and your bank balance) in the long run.
Lowered water pressure often stems from sediment build-up in the piping system. High water pressure may be caused by a faulty boiler or defective pressure valves.
Water pressure emergencies can almost always be prevented by regular inspection and due-diligence.
6. Insulate pipes where possible
As winter draws close, it pays to be mindful of your pipes.
Winter weather can cause water to freeze inside pipes, disrupting the water supply and potentially causing expensive damage once they thaw out.
Even cheap workarounds such as covering exposed pipes with thermal duct tape can prevent costly damage.
Opening the cupboard under your sink when the heating is on is another cheap way to help protect your pipes, as the incoming warm air travels along the pipework – preventing them from freezing in sub-zero temperatures.
It goes without saying, but the ‘prevention mindset’ will always trump the ‘repair-it-when-it-finally-breaks mindset’ in terms of both cost, and peace of mind.
Even cheap, minimal-effort prevention techniques such as these can go a long way towards protecting your plumbing and preventing any devastating repair bills.