Having access to clean running water in your home is obviously a necessity, and one that we often take for granted. When there is an issue with your plumbing, the whole family can become disjointed. When it comes to water leaks, it can be either a minor inconvenience or result in a major catastrophe.
Here are some things that you should do if you find a water leak.
Determine if You Have a Water Leak
Before you fix any water leaks in your home, you need to first determine whether you have one. You may do this by purchasing a smart water leak detector as a way to digitally monitor your water use and can alert you of a leak. You may also do this yourself without the help of a smart water leak detector. If you notice that your usage has increased for an unknown reason, this could be a sign of a leak. Another way to determine a leak is to check your meter reading then wait for two hours. After that time, check the meter reading again. If there is an increase, then it is highly likely that you have a leak.
Fixing a Dripping Faucet
You’ve probably been bothered by the constant sound of a drip drip drip from one, or several, of your faucets. This dripping sound signifies that there is a leak. This occurs for many reasons as it could be due to wear and tear or the age of the faucet. There may be a buildup of debris, or it is the result of the valve being over tightened. Either way, before fixing the drip, you’ll need to access the faucet. First, switch off the water supply to the faucet that is leaking. Then, remove the spigot and handles and inspect the washers. There may be debris as you remove these items, which you should remove. If the washer is damaged, it is time to replace it.
Fixing A Leaking Plastic Water Pipe or Pipe Joint
Most leaks from a water pipe or a pipe joint are easily remedied. First, you need to determine exactly which pipe or joint is leaking, as water travels a great distance before dripping as a leak. Dry the area that is wet from the leak as much as possible. Wait a time before determining whether or not the same joint is dripping water. Then, turn off the water for that specific area. Remove the joint with the leak first, which may require cutting tools. Then replace it with a new pipe or joint fixture. You may even choose to use repair epoxy or rubber silicone tape on the affected area as a temporary fix.
Fixing a Leak from the Toilet
Whenever there are issues with the toilet, you’ll want to act quickly as it can create an unsanitary mess and can cause damage to your home. If you start to notice water leaking from the bottom of your toilet, there may be a problem with the rubber seal of the base of the toilet. It could also be an issue with the tee bolts that hold the toilet in place. In order to fix this type of leak, you will have to remove the toilet from its base. You will then need to replace either the wax ring or you will need to adjust the bolts. Other possible leaks from the toilet are from the bowl or from overfilling and overflowing. If the toilet bowl is leaking, there is a crack in the bowl, which will most likely mean that the toilet will need to be replaced. With an overflowing toilet, check the ballcock and float for damage, as this can cause the cistern to overfill. A worn feed line can also result in water constantly filling the tank, causing overflow.
Fixing a Leak from the Shower or Bath
Whether you have a shower enclosure or a bathtub, you need to inspect them for leaks as you may find that you are no longer able to use your shower/bath due to damage. Check around the seal of the plughole and overflow waste to see if they are damaged. If they are, this could cause a leak and will need repairs. Check all pipes that carry water to the tub or shower (you may need to remove the panel or cut a hole into the wall). You may already be detecting a leak if there are damaged tiles. Another common leak can be found where the silicone seal diminishes and allows moisture in. This simply requires the bathtub to be resealed.
Fixing a Leak from an Underground Leaking Water Pipe
You’ll know if a pipe has burst underground if you notice large puddles of water in your yard despite the lack of rainfall. This type of leak can cause a lot of issues and will need to be repaired quickly. Unfortunately, it is not easily accessible to fix on your own and you will need to call a licensed plumber to access the situation.
Don’t let a minor leak become a major issue. Keep watch over the leaks in your home and have them repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage and further headaches!