Posted on 8/3/2015
steps to take if you have a leaky pipe libertyvilleLeaky pipes can be extremely annoying. They can also cause issues that may potentially affect your health negatively, by creating overly moist conditions that support the growth of mold and mildew in your home. It’s not unusual for leaky pipes to go unnoticed, since pipes tend to network throughout homes behind walls. Plumbing problems may then be detected only when certain telltale signs arise such as water damage on drywall or mold spots. If you spot a leaking pipe in your home, you can temporarily stop that leak by following a few helpful steps. When in doubt, contact a professional immediately.

Shut Off the Water Supply

Before your do anything, shut off the main water supply to your home. Next, you need make sure that your pipes are empty by draining the residual water from them via a garden hose attached to an outside spigot. Be mindful that the hose is draining water away from your home, not toward it and its foundation. Wipe down all affected pipes and take care of any pooling water.

Use a Pipe-Leak Repair Clamp

To temporarily stop a leaking pipe, you should use a pipe-leak repair clamp, which you can purchase from a hardware or plumbing supply store. Measure your pipe from its lower edge to its upper one. Also, take note of its diameter. For detailed instructions on how to use the clamp, consult with a knowledgeable sales representative or contact a trusted plumber.

Turn the Water Back On

Once you have properly attached the clamp, return water to your home. Keep the hose running to ensure that air bubbles are forced out from all pipework—the water should run out smoothly without sputtering. Inspect your repaired pipe for signs of seepage. If necessary, tighten the clamp’s nuts.

Since 1996, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. has been resolving plumbing problems in Libertyville, IL. As a family-owned business, we understand the importance of creating human relationships that work, and we strive to provide the best experience for our customers. Call us today at (847) 984-3258 to learn more about our residential plumbing repair services.