Plumbing leaks can be of different kinds. Some will lead to the flooding of your home, while others might not be so damaging. Your approach to deal with a leaking pipe depends on the type of leak it is. Moreover, there are certain precautions that you can implement that will help you better prepare to deal with the onslaught of leaking pipes. For instance, if the leak has occurred at joint, tighten the joint works. If the leak is in a pipe, remove the section that is leaking and replace it with a new section and so on.
1. Use heat
Water pipes that are outside the structure have a change of freezing. This is especially true when the water is not in use and temperature is really cold. To decrease the chances of your pipe freezing, leave all the faucets open even while you’re not at home. Also, if possible insulate the whole place as this will keep the overall temperature from dropping and will prevent the freezing of your pipes.
2. Routine checkup
Going for a routine checkup of your pipes goes a long way to solve plumbing leaks. Have a look at the visible pipes in your house. See to it everything’s fine with them. Homeowners generally have a tendency of not checking as to what’s going on with the pipes which leaves them unprepared when the problem pops up. Going for a routine checkup of your pipes will give you an inkling if anything is amiss. All you have to do is have a look at the pipes in your basement and if you see any rust, buckling or drops of water, you’ll get the idea that something is not right.
3. Sweating Pipes
At times, you might witness water dripping from a pipe yet you might not be able to see the source of the leak. Only on closer examination, you will discover that there is no leak but rather sweating, or condensation, on the pipe. Sweating is generally the result of water inside the pipe being much colder than surrounding humid air. Generally, in summer the surrounding air is naturally hot, while in winter the air is heated by the furnace. In either case, warm and humid reaching cold pipes is the culprit. An effective way of dealing with the moisture problem is to insulate the pipes. Other ways of dealing with the problem includes self-adhesive thick “drip” tape. These tapes are designed in a way that allows them to easily adhere to problem pipes.
Make sure that you wipe the pipes dry before the application of the pipes. Completely cover the pipe and the fitting with the tape and you won’t witness any more signs of sweating.
4. Damaged toilet pan
If you are dealing with a damaged toilet pan, then you can temporarily repair it yourself by emptying the pan and filling any hole or crack from the inside with specialist putty. Contact your local DIY store to know which putty is best for the job.
It is recommended that you replace the toilet pan as soon as possible by getting in touch with a professional.
Leaks are a huge inconvenience. Some are easy to deal with while others will require you to get in touch with a trained personnel. Whether you’re suffering from a leaking toilet or a leaking overflow get in touch with Pro Plumbing and we will sort it out for you.