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No one likes a leaking pipe! Leaking pipes can be problematic for homeowners because they can cause significant water damage, impact water pressure, and influence the water supply. Not to mention, a leaking pipe can waste 90 gallons or more per day!
Your 3-Step Guide To Handling a Leaky Pipe
When you notice a leak under your sink, we strongly recommend hiring a reputable, experienced plumber, like the ones you’d find on our Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air team. When you notice that your sink is leaking, don’t panic! Instead, take these simple steps to ensure that further damage isn’t done.
1. Turn Off the Water Supply
Before you attempt any kind of DIY plumbing job at home, it’s essential to turn the water supply off. You should be able to access the valve closest to the affected pipe or the stopcock and turn it with your hands. If the fastening is a little stiff, use a flathead screwdriver.
2. Drain the Faucets
Once you are sure that the water supply is off, the next step is to drain the faucets. Turn on the faucets that are served by the pipe and let any remaining water in the system run out. Let the water flow until it stops. This will indicate that all the water has gone.
After draining, use a towel to dry the pipe and lay down some old sheets or towels on the ground to protect your flooring.
3. Inspect your Pipes to Determine the Cause of the Leak
At this point, the primary aim is to identify the cause of the leak. Inspect the pipes and see if you can figure out why the pipe is leaking. The most common causes include a loose pipe joint and a cracked or damaged pipe.
If the pipe joint is loose, you should be able to stop the leak by tightening the joint. You may be able to do this by hand or you can use a spanner.
If the pipe has split, this is usually a sign of corrosion. It may be possible to repair the pipe, but in many cases, it’s best to replace the pipe to prevent further leaks. To repair the pipe in the short term, you can tape the broken using water-tight duct tape or use epoxy paste and rubber.
4. Call the Experts at Dixie
While these DIY plumbing repairs can provide short-term relief, it’s wise to contact Dixie as soon as possible.
Our expert drain plumbers can determine the cause of the problem and recommend permanent solutions, such as replacing damaged or worn parts. Fixing issues early can help to prevent further damage and lower the risk of costly repairs down the line.
Leaking pipes can be a nightmare for homeowners. If you’re worried about a leak, call Dixie today!
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