The great Titanic went under the ocean because of a small leak that quickly escalated into what is, to this day, the most dreaded shipwreck in history. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small apartment or a mansion along the shores of the West Coast. If small leaks are not taken care of, they can cause major home issues that often become irreparable.
With this simple guide, you can detect small leaks around your house and fix them quickly before they turn into full-blown threats to your home.
Discovering small leaks around the house.
Beyond the more obvious faucet leaks, homeowners are often faced with the challenge of looking for hidden water leakages that are gradually building up.
These leaks are, most of the time, from plumbing joints and broken pipes.
To detect cases of water leakage, you should consider paying close attention to the following:
- Monthly water bill: An unexplainable increase in monthly water bill is a good sign that precious, unused water is leaking somewhere even when the taps are off.
- Foul smells from toilets, sinks, or tubs: Smelly tubs and sinks are signs of serious plumbing issues. Pipes are airtight, and because liquids are always in motion, they are not a suitable place for molds and bacteria to reside. But when a pipe is broken, molds can find a means to stay rooted and grow. This causes offensive smells within the pipes that travel backward to the sinks, tubs, or toilets.
- Dark spots or lines on floors, ceilings, or walls: When there is a hidden leak somewhere within the plumbing system of your house, it rubs off on the wall, ceiling or floor, depending on where the leak is located. The leaking water may be clean but stains the house’s surface because it had to travel between particles.
How to fix small leaks
Discovering small leaks is one thing. But what should you do right after detecting a leak?
We recommend that you contact a licensed plumber immediately. However, in cases where a plumber is far off, you discovered at odd hours, or you can’t reach a plumber, follow these steps to avoid major house issues.
- For the more obvious dripping taps, turn off the isolator valve to cut off the water supply to the faucet. You can consider opening up the tap to replace the damaged part or wait it out for a licensed plumber to arrive.
- For leaky radiators, it is best to bleed the radiator and refill the heating system. Radiator leaks are usually caused by corrosion, faulty valves or pipe coupling. Also, fixing radiator leaks require some technical skills, so reaching out to a plumber is most advisable.
- For leaking water pipes or joints, it would be best for you to turn off the central water supply to the building. After some time, after the region dries off, you can either replace the leaking junction or seal off the leak with a silicone repair tape.
Keep in mind, however, that these are interim solutions to small leaks. After fixing these leaks, contact a good plumbing service to properly check on your ducting system and fix the problems. This is a long-lasting solution to prevent the ceaseless fixing of small leaks.
We, at Anytime Plumbing, are always available to fix your plumbing issues. As an award-winning local plumbing service provider in Santa Cruz, we are committed to raising the plumbing bars through remarkable service delivery.