The constant dripping and the puddles created by a leaking pipe, sink, bathtub, or toilet can do more than just get your socks wet. It might just be a few drips, but a plumbing leak can lead to a lot worse if nothing is done about it. The constant wetness can create damp, which can […]
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 12:52 AM
The constant dripping and the puddles created by a leaking pipe, sink, bathtub, or toilet can do more than just get your socks wet.
It might just be a few drips, but a plumbing leak can lead to a lot worse if nothing is done about it. The constant wetness can create damp, which can weaken the floors and walls of your home. Or, worse still, the leak could be a crack which widens until that particular pipe is unusable.
The moral of the story is that it’s much better to fix a leak when it’s just a leak. The good news is that this can be very easy to do if you’ve got the right tools and the right information to guide you. The bad news is that you might wind up getting wet and perhaps a bit frustrated. Still, it’s all worth it for working pipes.
This might sound like the easy part but, in a cruel twist of fate, it’s often the hard part. We often notice plumbing leaks because of puddles or dripping, but the puddles or the dripping don’t immediately tell you which pipe is dripping and why it is dripping. Also, for the most part, pipes are covered behind walls and can be hidden under floorboards.
It’s during this first step that many people give up and book a plumber, but be sure to give it a proper go. Start with the place you noticed there was water and go from there. Be sure to check all your exposed pipes and water sources before you go around pulling up floorboards and taking down walls.
If you really can’t find the source, then a professional plumber will be able to help you.
When you find the source of the plumbing leak, this should still be your next step. If the leak is particularly bad and if you don’t desperately need to use the water in your home for anything else, it’s good to turn off the water supply to stop the leak from doing any more damage. If the leak is really, really bad, it might be worth turning the water off before you do anything else.
Once you’ve found the source of the plumbing leak and have shut the water off, it’s time to actually fix the leak. Our plumbers can sort out a problem like this easily. However, if you’d rather do it yourself, follow these steps:
Note that this solution might only work temporarily. What’s more, if the leak is particularly bad, you might need to replace the whole section of pipe. As before, you can contact us to book a plumber for this job in a matter of minutes. If you’d rather give it a go yourself, though, here’s what you need to do.
If none of that works, you can always contact us. From finding the source of your plumbing leak to fixing it, our plumbers will have your water running again — leak-free — before you know it.
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