Water leaks in your home – how to find them
Leaks in your home can cause damage if they are not attended to. They can lead to damp and the presence of mold. Wooden structures can also begin to rot if they are in the presence of water for long periods of time. The presence of damp or reduced water pressure are signs that there could be a leak somewhere. If you suspect that this may be the case, the source of the leak needs to be found as soon as possible.
If you think that water is leaking in your home, you can call professionals such as Plumbing Detectives to locate the leak and fix it. The alternative is to try and locate the leak yourself in the first instance.
Obvious causes of leaks in the home
If the general location of a leak is obvious then the source is often easier to find. For instance, if you spot a water mark on the ceiling under the bathroom, the most likely location of the leak is the toilet or shower. Something as simple as repairing the sealant around the shower or dealing with a problem in the toilet tank could resolve the issue.
Finding a leak that is not obvious
There may be times when you think there is a leak but the source is not obvious. If this is the case you should check the pipes in your home, including those that are hidden from view. You may be able to spot water seeping from them. If not, you should feel the pipes to see if they are damp. If you do find a spot where a pipe is leaking, you may be able to fix it yourself. On many occasions all that is needed is for the joint to be tightened or sealed. Do not forget to turn the water off at the mains, or the relevant shut off point, before you begin any repair work. It’s also a good idea to turn on the taps so that any residual water which is left in the pipe is expelled. If you do not do this, you could end up with a very messy and wet home.
When to call a professional plumber
There are some occasions when it’s best to call a plumber to deal with water leaks. The most notable of these occasions is when the problem is a burst rather than a leak. If this is the case, you should turn the water off at the mains and call an emergency plumber. You should also call a plumber if the damage causing a leak appears to be serious, or the area is hard to access. If pipe work needs to be replaced, a plumber knows exactly what to do and what type of piping to use. If the leak is in a tight space, you will find it difficult to deal with it yourself. Plumbers are used to this type of work.
Remember that the aim is to prevent damage from being caused and resolve the problem as soon as possible. If you are confident of locating the leak, and solving the problem yourself, that is fine. However, you should always leave more complex tasks to the professionals, or you may end up making the situation worse.