Leaking pipes are an unfortunate event, but if it occurs, you must be ready to handle the situation. If you just leave the leaking pipe alone, you’ll face a terrible mess within days!
How To Handle Leaking Water Pipes
Leaks can damage your home, waste a lot of water, and induce unwanted organic growth. Leaks and blockages are a big problem for homeowners. If you are not cautious, you can easily wind up with a big water bill if your pipes are always leaking. There are a couple of things you can do to stop water leaks.
Before we embark on the steps to stop a water leak. It’s good we also get to know what causes these water leaks.
Water leaks are mostly caused by broken seals, clogged pipes, corrosion, damaged pipe joints, excess water pressure, loose water connectors, and rapid temperature changes (1).
Now that you have known some of the major causes of water leaks, do you know what to do when water pipes are leaking? Well, with the steps that am going to outline for you here, it will be easier to handle water leaks.
Sometimes it can be quite challenging to find the source of the leak, and it might involve breaking through walls and floors or digging up your garden to locate the leak. The tips provided below will help prevent any water leaks.
Signs of Water Leaks
To confirm that you have a water leak in your home, the first thing you need to do is shut off any water-consuming appliance in your home; these are washer-dryers and dishwashers.
The next step is to turn off the water supply at the stopcock. You can locate your stopcock in the kitchen, on a boundary wall or under the kitchen sink.
Head over to your water meter and take the readings. If the readings continue increasing after half an hour, then you have a water leak.
The next thing to do is inform your utility company that you have a leaking pipe. Doing so will help you avoid paying for some or all of the wasted water. (You can find most relevant utility companies here: momentry.fi. However, you may not be compensated if:
The leak was as an act of negligence
You have already received a leak allowance on the same property
The utility supplier informed you that your water supply line was leaking and you never took action
If the leak is coming from a pipe that is within your reach, there a couple of steps you can follow to fix the leaking.
How to Fix a Leaking Pipe
In order to fix a leaking pipe, all you need to do is first turn off the water valve to the pipe.
The next thing to do is turn on the faucets to drain the remaining water that has been left in the pipe.
Get a dry cloth and wipe the pipe dry.
Get a putty knife and scratch the pipe to put epoxy on the part that is leaking.
Use rubber to cover the leak. Ensure that you have covered the entire leak completely. You can get rubber from your nearby store.
Get a clamp and tighten the rubber on the pipe and leave it for an hour.
After the rubber has dried, use a water-resistant tape to cover the rubber to double the protection.
Turn the water valve back on and ensure that the pipe is no longer leaking.
Fixing a leak should not be difficult. If the leak turns out to be big, all you need to do is turn off the water valve and call a plumber. Big leaks will require the pipe to be cut to replace the crack with another pipe: a process that demands some expertise and use of special tools as well as soldering or cutting with special tools.
Source: Putkiremontti Blog (1)
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