Having a leaky faucet or toilet or pipe is not just annoying, it’s potentially dangerous. A leak can cause you to pay hundreds of dollars a year in extra water bills. It can also cause flooding or water damage, which can lead to mould and mildew.
It’s important to fix leaks as quickly as possible when you discover them. Here are some tips from a plumbing expert that will help you do so safely.
Fixing Leaking Pipes
Leaky pipes are among the more difficult problems to detect and fix. Because pipes are normally behind walls or under sinks, we often don’t see them until the problem has grown well beyond DIY proportions. If you get to that point, be sure to call a company that can handle a leaking drain or pipe in Toronto.
If you want to fix the issue yourself, you can take several approaches. Be sure to turn off the water supply before working on any pipe leaks.
Plumber’s epoxy is similar to moulding clay, which allows you to put it in and around cracks. Knead it in your hand to soften it and then apply it to the crack and surrounding area. Allow it to harden for several minutes before turning on the water again, and check for leaks.
You can also use a pipe repair clamp along with a plastic or rubber patch and electrical tape. Dry the area carefully and wrap the patch around the leaking area. Secure it with electrical tape and fasten with the clamp. When you turn the water back on, be sure there aren’t any additional leaks.
Repairing a Leaky Faucet
Leaky faucets can cost you a lot of money and they’re really annoying to boot. Fortunately, you can fix them, often by yourself.
First, be sure you turn off the water supply to the faucet. Most leaks are caused by problems within the handle of the faucet. Single-handle faucets use either a rotating ball valve, cartridge, or ceramic disc. A two-handled faucet uses either a cartridge, ceramic disc, or compression using rubber washers.
To repair the faucet, you generally need to remove the faucet, replace the mechanism and surrounding seals and put the faucet back on. If you aren’t exactly sure where the leak is coming from, buy a faucet repair kit that matches your faucet so that you are sure to have all the parts you need.
Fixing a Running Toilet
The good news about a running toilet is that it’s a fairly simple system to work with. Your toilet has a tank on the back that controls water coming into the tank and moving from the tank to the bowl. The running toilet is generally due to a problem in the tank.
The tank stores water and has a filler valve that controls water coming in and make sure it stops before it gets too full. The flush valve, also known as the flapper, controls water going to the bowl.
Generally, you’ll find that the leak is from the flapper not closing all the way, the water level being too high in the tank, or the flapper needs to be replaced. You can fix these yourself or contact a professional plumber for help.
Taking care of leaks is an important part of caring for your home and avoiding significant problems. Use these pro tips to handle the most common causes of leaks, and be sure to reach out to a plumber if you have more serious concerns.