Suspect a Water Leak?
Did you know that the average household in the United States can leak as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year? Some houses have plumbing issues that lead to leaks of more than 90 gallons of water per day. Not only that a plumbing leak can lead to mold and mildew, but you are also paying for water you don’t get to use.
That’s why you should do everything you can to stop the plumbing leak immediately. Keep reading this article to learn what to do if you suspect there’s a leaking pipe in your house. The sooner you take action, the better.
Put Your Hand Around the Leaking Pipe
Fortunately, a leaking pipe leaves tracks. You might hear the classic sound of water drops falling on the floor. You might also discover a small puddle in your bathroom or kitchen. At the same time, some leaks are minor, but you can still discover them by putting your hand around the pipe you think it leaks. Does your hand get wet? If the answer is yes then you have a confirmed leak in your house that needs to be addressed immediately.
Shut off the Main Water Supply
Especially if the leak is major and it already created puddles in your house, you need to stop the water supply from the main valve. This is usually situated somewhere in your basement, yard, or a utility room in your property. Shutting the main water supply will prevent additional damage and give you more time to call a professional. If the water leak is not that serious, you can simply shut off the local valve that supplies your kitchen or bathroom.
Remove Any Valuables in the Area
In some cases, the leaking water can cause damage to various personal belongings in your house. For example, it can damage your expensive rug, your high-quality hardwood floor, or a piece of furniture. Unaddressed water leaks can also cause mold and mildew. These impurities travel through the air and can cause respiratory problems. Simply remove your valuables from the area until you fix the leaking pipe.
Unplug Electronics or Shut off Electrical Power Altogether
You probably already know that electricity and water is a serious no-no. Depending on how bad your pipes are leaking, you should either unplug the electronics nearby or shut off the power from the electrical panel altogether. This will prevent damages, short circuits, and thousands of dollars lost on fried electronics. Shutting off the power will also prevent injuries to you and your family members.
Call a Professional
Not everyone can fix pipe leaks once they find them. In fact, if you suspect a water leak it is highly recommended to call a professional plumber and not try to fix the leak on your own. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can have water running all over your floors, not to mention that most homeowners don’t have the right tools to fix a plumbing leak.
Did You Discover a Plumbing Leak?
Do you suspect a water leak or have found a plumbing leak? If so, it’s important to act quickly to fix it. An uncontrollable stream of water flowing in your house can cause massive damage that can be totally prevented. Contact us today if you have a plumbing emergency and our expert plumbers will fix your pipe leaks quickly and efficiently.