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You don’t have to be a plumbing expert to know when your home may have some serious water damage. And as a homeowner, it can be a nightmare to experience such related issues.

A sudden leak can soak an entire room within a matter of minutes, and if the room is on the second floor of your home, the problem could also cause serious damage to the room below it.

A scarier issue however, can be a slow leak, as they can go undetected over an extended period of time – causing harsher damage as the problem persists. While the quantity of water may not be substantial, the damage may be.

So, if you’re a homeowner and these types of concerns keep you up at night, there is some good news: there are several ways homeowners can get ahead of any potential issues by being proactive. However, it is important to note that you should be addressing any plumbing problems as soon as you become aware of them, and to be proactive with any potential risks – starting with the most common in households.

Here are some ways that you can protect your home from water damage.

Replace a Deteriorated Wax Ring

Your toilet is held in place by a wax ring that seals it tightly to the floor. Over time, wax rings become brittle and start to come apart or come loose from the floor.

In a ground floor bathroom, one indication that this is starting to happen is a continuous odor around your toilet. If you see that your wax ring is cracking or yellow with age, have a plumbing professional install a new one.

Don’t Ignore a Leaky Shower Head

If your shower head continues to drip water long after it’s shut off, it could mean that there’s a problem with your shower valve. Most shower valves are located behind the faucet handle inside of the wall, so it’s not exactly easy to see when there’s a problem. However, constantly dripping water or a problem adjusting your shower’s temperature setting may mean that the valve has been compromised.

In addition to a leak out of your shower head, there may also be a leak inside your wall. Replacing a valve will involve temporarily shutting off the water connection, so it’s best to get help from a professional plumber.

Prevent Clogs and Backups

Putting items down your sinks or toilet that you know don’t belong there can cause clogs that are difficult to remedy. In fact, an excessive volume of solid materials could create a main drain backup, making every drain in your home unusable.

Protect your drains by not flushing paper towels or sanitary products, and don’t put food items down your sink if you don’t have a garbage disposal.

Don’t Take Risks, Work With The Best 

If you have a plumbing problem in your home, don’t delay in getting help. Likewise, don’t procrastinate about replacing items that you suspect have aged out but have not yet failed.

When it comes to home water damage, don’t take any risks – it is important to work with a reputable and experienced professional. All Star Plumbing technicians are fully certified, highly trained and licensed. Our experts can perform all plumbing repairs. Their years of experience means the job is done quickly and efficiently.

Contact the experienced professionals at All Star Plumbing online, or call our team directly at (336) 462-1080 for fast and affordable help safeguarding your home, today!