So You Think You Have a Leak. Now What?

A rusted copper valve with scaleIdentifying a Potential Leak

Noticing that you have a leak can be pretty devastating. You automatically think about how much you will be spending to get a possible repair taken care of. You should not ever attempt to fix anything on your own because you could possibly end up causing more damage than good.

If you notice a leak, you should definitely consider checking the pressure relief valve on the hot water tank first before you call in the professionals. You can also listen to a hissing sound that may indicate a possible leakage as well.

Inform Your Family

You should also make everyone in the house aware that you actually have a leak so that they are aware of exactly where your main water shut off valve is and how to turn it off and on in the case of an emergency. This can get worse if no one in the house knows how to shut it off if necessary.

Once you find a leak, you should consider isolating the problem until professional help arrives. This will enable you to limit the damage to your property. If you cannot by any chance find the valve, you need to make sure that you ask your plumber where it is located so that he can show you what to do if something were to happen like this in the near future.

Shut Off Your ValveA showerhead dispensing water

Until your professional help arrives, all you really can do is eliminate water use, or shut off the water completely using the valve. It can be pretty costly, but it will save your family a lot more money if you try to prevent any further damage. You should do a little bit of research in help with finding the right plumber in your area so that you can feel confident in the repairs that they do.

A leak can be caused by many different things, and that is up to the plumber to draw any conclusion on where the actual leak or leaks are coming from. It is in your best interest to leave everything alone once you notice a leak somewhere within the plumbing in your home.

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