How to Prevent Water Damage From Household Fixtures – This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows ways to detect and stop common plumbing leaks. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for Preventing Water Damage From Household Fixtures:
– battery-operated sensor, sounds alarm when it comes in contact with water
– wireless moisture sensor, detects leak and shuts off water flow
– water-heater pan, placed beneath water heater and piped to drain
– water-heater shut-off valve with moisture sensor, shuts off water supply when leak is detected
– water dam, is wrapped around base of water heater to corral water leak
– washing-machine pan, placed beneath washing machine and piped to drain
– washing machine shut-off valve with moisture sensor, shuts off water supply when leak is detected
– in-line shut-off for water supply lines, shuts off water flow should the supply line burst

Tools for Preventing Water Damage From Household Fixtures:
– screwdriver
– adjustable wrench
– pipe wrench

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