How To Stop A Leaking Pipe
Leaking pipes can be something of a nightmare for any home or business. But there are some effective ways to help stop a leaking pipe which you may not be aware of. In this blog, we will take a look at some methods worth trying. If these do not work, then have no fear - there are plenty of professionals who will be able to sort your issue in no time.
The first step is shutting off the water supply. Unless the leak is only from a drainpipe then you won’t need to do this. To do this, you need to locate the main water supply. Find the dial and turn it clockwise to shut off the water. This stops any leaking water from causing any further damage. If it is a big emergency, you can call your water supplier and see if they can shut off the water leading to your premises.
Then you need to turn on the faucets that are connected to the pipe, this will drain them, starting with the lowest faucet. Then let the water run until the pipe is empty. If you are able to identify that the leak is in a pipe that leads to a specific fixture, you can then turn on that faucet to drain it. Essentially, use a process of elimination.
Take a moment to dry the leaking area of the pipe. Do this by using a cleaning cloth to wipe around the leak until that area is completely dried. This will make the process of working with the pipe easier as it will not be slippery to touch.
A common problem is a toilet pipe that is leaking water. A toilet pipe leaking is a major annoyance, but it is fixable. One thing to understand is that whilst you may assume the leaky pipe is due to the pipes behind the toilet, sometimes it can just be an issue with the toilet seat.
First, try to find where the water is dripping from. The easiest way to do this is to create a dry surface so you can then view where the water is dripping from. Do this by taking a rag or sponge and use it to wipe off any water from the surface. Then watch to see where the leak occurs.
Is a puddle forming from the bottom of the toilet, dripping onto the pipe, or falling from it? If you can identify the issue it will put you on the right track to researching how to fix the issue in more detail and give your plumber a head start.
Another consideration is that the base of the toilet may need tightening. To do this locate the bolts holding the toilet to the floor, these can become loose which can be another common reason for a leaky toilet bowl. Take off the caps that cover the bolts and use a wrench to gently tighten the bolts until the hold is firmer. Do not tighten too much as this could cause the toilet to crack. If the problem continues then it may be something a bit more complicated. In this case, it is best to hire a professional to have a look.
Of course, these are just a few situations where a leaking pipe can occur and just a few ideas to try for a fix. There are more ideas worth researching but ultimately if you are not sure of the process, or cannot fix it yourself, it is best to contact a professional plumbing service. Never leave the problem. It will only get worse, cause more damage and end up being more costly.
Corvee Services has many experienced plumbers on hand, so if you are looking at having your pipes looked at or repaired, do not hesitate to call us today on 01536 680920, or visit our contact page for more details.