Leaks in the plumbing can end up creating other problems in your home. Drywall, tiles, wood and masonry can all be damaged or destroyed by even a small, constant leak. You should perform visual inspections of your plumbing and surrounding area on a regular basis. If you notice any wet spots, locate the source. If it is a plumbing leak, have it fixed as soon as possible. While inspecting, here are a few things to keep in mind that can help prevent a leak in the first place.
Clutter Under Sinks
If you notice there is a bunch of bottles, jars, boxes or other assorted things pushed under a sink, do a bit of rearranging. It is possible for someone to shove things around, while looking for or making room for something, and push hard enough to move a pipe or two. This can weaken the seal between two pipes and cause a leak.
Outdoor Plumbing and Cold Weather
If you are not going to need the water outside, turn off the main valve that goes to it if possible. If there is no valve that is just for the outside plumbing, have one installed. Because there will still be a bit of residual water in the pipes after turning the water off, you should wrap all outdoor pipes and faucets with pipe insulation.
Faucet Heads and Knobs
Blown gaskets or seals cause one of the most common types of plumbing leaks. Turning the knobs too tightly when shutting the water off puts too much pressure on a compression gasket, causing it to leak. Teach everyone in the house to turn the knobs only until the water is off, and not to tighten it further than that. You also need to clean the faucet filters and shower heads regularly. If they become clogged with calcium or other minerals, the water will put extra pressure on the gaskets and seals, causing them to leak.
Unless you prevent leaks, or repair them as soon as you notice them, you are going to end up with a higher water bill. You will lose even more money when you have to repair the damage the dripping water caused. Even if he damage was to the bottom of an under-the-sink cabinet, it will still cost you money. Spending a few minutes of your time looking over your plumbing is much simpler than fixing any damage the water caused.