Most water supply pipes and drain lines are tucked away behind walls or in under-sink cabinets, so it’s easy to take a plumbing system for granted until something goes wrong. The plumbing, which is part of a home’s mechanical system, needs regular attention and maintenance to keep it working well. When plumbing problems occur, you could find yourself paying not only to replace the broken parts but also to repair water damage—and those fixes can be costly.
Fortunately, a few preventive measures can save homeowners the headache of a water heater that produces cold showers or an undetected leak that causes structural damage. Here, Daniel O'Brian, the technical expert for leading plumbing retailer SupplyHouse.com, shares six easy ways to protect your plumbing and your house.