It’s springtime, and that means it’s time to reconnect the garden hose. You should have winterized it, so you will need to turn on the shutoff valve to supply water to the pipe again.
When you do that, you should check to make sure there are no leaks in the line. Doing this is simple if you have a water meter.
Since the hose is connected outside the house, it is the most prone to cracking. Since these pipes are exposed, it makes it easier to locate and repair the leak.
If you see water seeping from the base of your toilet, it is most likely due to a failing wax ring. The wax ring forms a seal between the toilet and the flange (the part that connects the toilet’s drain to the plumbing system.
The wax ring keeps water from seeping out through this connection. If the ring is damaged or deteriorated, water will seep onto the floor.
While working on an older building, we came across these green ‘wax rings’ (they aren’t made of wax, but rather a form of rubber). As you can see, the pipes and floor are deteriorated, but even during a backup, the toilet did not leak.
They are called Sani Seal Toilet Gaskets.
This is a cool idea, and while they are more expensive than a wax ring, we are going to recommend them in older buildings. The added cost could save you on clean up, and they look like they will last a long time.
Frozen water pipes can cause an enormous amount of damage to a property. Even if the house is occupied and heated, pockets of cold areas outside of the heated space can freeze.
When pipes freeze, the water expands and cracks the pipe. When it thaws again, the water will spray out of the pipe until it is shut off and repaired.
Pipe insulation is inexpensive and easy to precaution to take. If you know that there are unheated areas, when the temperature drops very low, you can leave a sink running just a tiny bit to keep water moving so it won’t freeze.
Here is a link with many more tips for preventing frozen pipes: WikiHow Prevent Frozen Pipes