Plumbing supply and drain systems
Homes thirty (30) years old were three times as likely to have plumbing supply or drain
issues. Homes in the South, where plumbing is typically beneath the slab, were twice as
likely as their Northern neighbors to have supply system problems.
- Visually inspect plumbing pipes every six months looking for condensation around pipes
or obvious leaks and/or corrosion.
- Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase in usage may indicate a water
- Call a plumber at the first signs of rust-colored water, backed-up toilets, or sinks,
and cracked or warped flooring.
- Pipes in attics, basements and exposed exterior pipes should be insulated to avoid
- Open cabinet doors to allow pipes to warm air during freezing weather.
- Disconnect garden hoses when freeze warnings are issued and disconnect hoses when
tropical storms or hurricanes warnings are issued.
Refrigerator and icemakers
Seventy-three percent (73%) of water damages involving a refrigerator icemaker were caused
the failure of the supply line hose. Ten percent (10%) of episodes involved new
and were associated with improper installation.
- Correct installation of the icemaker supply line hose is essential to circumventing
- Tightly connect the hose to the valve, but avoid over-tightening.
- Inspect the hose every six months. Ensure the valve connection is secure and check for
- If kinks are present, replace the hose.
- Leave a 3-to-4-inch space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent
the hose from crimping.
- Prevent getting the hose caught under the wheel when taking the refrigerator out for
cleaning or service.
- Locate the water shut-off valve.
- Every six months or so inspect the valve to make sure the water supply will shut off.
Replace the valve if needed.
Water damage from sinks averaged more than $7,000.00 per incident. Forty-four percent (44%) of
these incidents were attributed to defective plumbing supply lines.
- Inspect plumbing under sinks every six months.
- Make sure connections are tight and there is no indication of corrosion on the pipes.
- Check for kinks in copper or plastic pipes. Kinks may develop over time to pinhole
- Locate all water shut-off valves inside of the house, as well as the main shut-off
typically located on the outside of the residence.
- Replace the valves if necessary.