The damage that water can do to a home is tremendous. If you found you have a water leak you will want to make sure you take action very quickly in order to reduce the amount of water damage that will otherwise occur.
Whether you think you’re able to fix the leak yourself, or if you need to contact a professional plumber, it’s imperative that some sort of leak repair be done as soon as possible.
Not only does a water leak cause damage, but it also creates a significant loss of water in a relatively short amount of time. This loss of water can significantly and quickly increase your water bill. This condition also leads to the loss or wasting of water, which is one of our most important natural resources.
For all of the above-listed reasons, it will be very important that a water leak repair be performed as soon as possible. If you need to call a professional plumber, it’s important that you do so immediately. If you want to try to fix the leak yourself, there are several things that you will need to do.
First, you will want to turn off the main water supply to your home. This will make sure that when you take off the water pipes, you will not end up with water spraying all over the place. If the leak is in a faucet, a bathroom or kitchen area, you’ll need to place a bucket underneath the pipes in order to catch any excess water that may fall from the pipes.
In order to most effectively do a leak repair, you will need to make sure that you have the appropriate tools that are necessary. A pipe wrench will be needed in order to take the pipe apart. Teflon tape will be required in order to seal the threads of the pipe. A replacement o-ring may be needed in case the old one is damaged. You will need a supply of coarse sandpaper in the event that the pipe has corrosive material on it.
If you find that you are unable to perform the leak repair so that the water stops coming out of the pipe, be sure to contact a licensed plumber. A reputable plumber can be found through word of mouth. You may also be able to do an online search or check your local phone book in order to find someone who will do a great job for you.
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