What are the do’s and don’ts in case of a pipe leak.

Saksham Plumbing | 20-09-2016

What are the do’s and don’ts in case of a pipe leak

Pipe Leak and Leaky plumbing cover a great spectrum of plumbing related issues varying from small easily manageable minor leaks to major leaks that require expensive repairs. It is always recommended to attend to leaks no matter how small as soon as they are discovered so that they don’t lead to major issues down the line. 

Some leaky plumbing issues are visible such as a leaky faucet or a pipe leak but the major concern issues are the hidden leaks, the water leakage that occur behind the walls and the cabinet, as these are not easily caught and only come to light after there is sufficient damage to the structure through seepage's. Although we talk about what are the do’s and don’ts in case of pipe leak here today, but before that we bring you a few ways you can prevent pipe leak and prevent the damage caused by it. In order to keep pipe leak issues in check you can do the following:

  • Even if you don’t have the technical know how for plumbing, you can still do routine checks so that you stay ahead of any issues regarding pipe leak. Always, take a quick look at any visible pipes in your home at regular intervals, just to check for any visible leakage in pipes and walls. Even though you may not understand what you see, but if you notice rust, buckling or drops of water, then definitely something is wrong.
  • Sinks are often sources of leaks. Every once in awhile, take a quick peek under the sink to check for any drips.|
  • A leaky water heater is a dead water heater. Most of the times, the lining of a water heater wears away and you find water dripping from the base. In such cases, it is always recommended to get the water heater changed if under warranty or repaired from an authorised service centre. 
  • In case of a trap leak, trace it back to the wall. Very often the leaks are on the back side, where it actually connects to the wall. To attend to such issues, even with the help of a skilled plumber, you need to understand the source and cause of the leak to better monitor the repairs and prevent the same in future.
  • Mechanical faucets seldom last forever, they eventually spring a leak. If the faucet is quite old or corroded, it is difficult to obtain parts for it. Many a times, it’s simply cheaper to install a new one.

Now that we have understood how we can prevent a pipe leak, let’s focus on What to do in case of a pipe leak:

Call a professional. This may seem an obvious advice but we seldom ignore the visible signs and the issues get aggravated with time. In case you notice any leakage in pipes or wall, hidden or visible, attend to it immediately to prevent wastage of water and unnecessary water costs. Shut off the main water supply and contact a plumber. Shutting off the water mains is important as the damaged pipes and leakage in pipes can cause the pipes to burst and lead to flooding. This can not only damage your assets but also harms the structural foundation of your floor and walls. 

What not to do in case of pipe leak:

While it may seem an easy and doable job but avoid taking matter into your hands at all costs. This is not the time to try out any internet gained knowledge or to be frugal. To a layman, it may seem a quick fix but sometimes there are underlying causes such as a clogged drain, a rusty pipe etc that damages a leaky plumbing. It is better to let a professional plumber with the required  technical know how handle such situations. Another point to be noted is to ask around about the plumber you are hiring, what recommendations does he have and if he has the required skill set to perform this job. Meanwhile, you can try to cleanup the spillage if there is any and keep the area and the leaky plumbing dry so as to prevent any further damage.

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