Nothing good comes from water being somewhere it shouldn’t be in your home. It could be a sign of corrosion or excessive pressure in your home’s water lines or pipes. Regardless of what caused the leak, immediate action is required in order to prevent further damage. Understand these tips for handling broken water lines or pipes to make a quick repair, even if it’s temporary.
Make A Call
When you are experiencing a leak, your first step should always be to contact a professional leak detection and restoration company.
Even if you have experience with plumbing, a professional is equipped with the proper tools to get the problem resolved quickly to minimize the amount of time spent waterless and minimize the amount of damage traveling water can cause inside of a home.
Turn Off Your Water
While this may seem obvious as you are reading this, in a state of panic, it may not be. Your best bet may be to turn the water off to the entire house by turning it off at the meter. This will immediately prevent additional water from continually flowing out of the leak and prevent further damage.
We recommend opening another spigot away from the leak to divert some of the flow away from the leaking pipe as well.
Find The Leak
Next on our tips for handling broken water lines or pipes list can be a tough one. In order to provide a temporary fix to the leak, you’ve got to find the leak. While some may be easy to spot, others may be more difficult, somewhere behind the drywall for example. If that’s the case, be prepared to cut into your drywall.
You may have to get to digging if the leak is between the meter and the house underground. To avoid all this searching, contact an accredited and trusted leak detection company that legitimately finds and fixes, like Leak Science.
Patch The Leak
Now that you (or a professional) have found the leak, it’s time to patch it. Sometimes a professional can’t be reached and you may have to create a temporary fix. We suggest using – or make shifting – a pipe clamp to prevent the water from leaking for a short time. A pipe clamp is made of metal, lined with rubber, which locks down over a leak to prevent the free flow of water.
If you don’t have one of these handy, you can try to make an emergency one out of a piece of a rubber hose or innertube and some hose clamps. This solution isn’t designed to last for long obviously, but it may allow you to use water until a plumber can make the permanent repair.
Tips For Handling Broken Water Lines or Pipes
Here, at Leak Science, we harness and utilize two things that generally makeup leak detection – technology and science. Using highly sensitive equipment we are able to find the leaks that continue to cost you money every day until they are located and repaired.
We often work against a maze of 100’s of feet of plumbing running in different directions to and from and all-around your home. We know and understand water lines and pipes very well so when it comes to looking for a leak we know what to look for.
Our team of highly trained experts – both with equipment and the senses of sight and sound – can find your leak in your home whether it’s underground or hidden in your walls, with as little damage as possible. If any damage is created, we are the team to restore your home to its original condition. This means fewer people inside your home and less overall cost!
Do you suspect you have a leak, or do you definitely have a leak? Give us a call right now! We’re proud to offer options for financing, so we can get you back to living comfortably in your home.