What To Do If You Have a Plumbing Leak

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What To Do If You Have a Plumbing Leak

Water from plumbing leaks can cause an untold amount of damage if they are not caught and fixed promptly. It’s important for a homeowner to know what to do if a plumbing leak occurs. A few simple steps can reduce any damage done.

What To Do for an Obvious Plumbing Leak

An obvious leak is one you can see with your own eyes, or at least, can see the direct evidence of it. For example, a pipe under your bathroom sink bursts and you have water running everywhere. Or, you have water flowing from under a wall where pipes run.

What should you do? If you can, turn off the water. If it’s under a sink or toilet, there are usually shutoff valves on each supply line. If you cannot pinpoint the source of the water leak, turn off the main supply line running to the house. Turning off the water may be an inconvenience, but avoiding unnecessary repairs can save you a lot of money.

Call a licensed plumber in Elkins Park to handle the leak repair. The plumber has the tools and supplies to do the job quickly.

What To Do for a Hidden Leak

The good news is that most leaks are rather obvious. The bad news is that hidden leaks

do occur. They are often silent and can cause an untold amount of damage before they are found. Here are a few signs that you have a hidden leak somewhere in your home:

  • You have a water bill increase unexpectedly

 

  • You see mold and mildew growth

 

  • You smell mildew or decaying wood

 

  • You hear unusual noises coming from your home’s plumbing

 

  • You have wet areas that were previously dry

 

  • You get an infestation of water loving bugs such as silverfish, earwigs or roaches.

Here’s a simple way to test if you have a hidden leak.

  • Turn off all the faucets in your home.

 

  • Turn off the supply lines to a leaky toilet or dripping faucet.

 

  • Go out to the water meter and make note of the position of the “1-cubic-foot” reading.

 

  • Come back two hours later and recheck the meter.

If there is a difference between the first reading and the second one, you have a leak hidden somewhere in your home. Finding the leak can be a challenge if you don’t have the right tools. The better option is to call in a plumber in Elkins Park to find the leak and get it fixed.

Don’t wait to fix a leak. The longer you wait, the more damage the water will do. Call Reliable Plumbing today!! We are the plumber Elkins Park residents rely on to protect their home from leaks.

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