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How to Deal with a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

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How to Deal with a Plumbing Leak in Your Home (Updated 2024)


If you suspect a severe water leak in your home, you want to pin down the source accurately.

Properly working plumbing in our homes is something that we often take for granted. We turn on the faucet, and water comes on; we need to wash a load of laundry, so we turn on the washing machine and PRESTO; clean clothes. However, this modern miracle can cause great havoc in our lives if something goes amiss. If a pipe bursts or if a major water leak (which usually starts off minor) occurs in a room or rooms of your home, a repair can mean big hassles and considerable expenses for you. That’s why it is crucial to always be on the lookout for potential water damage in your home to save you time and cost and not disrupt your daily life routine.

It’s essential to address any leaks promptly to prevent further issues down the line. In this blog, we will walk you through the steps for addressing a plumbing leak in your home. From identifying the source of the leak to taking immediate action and contacting professional help, we will cover everything you need to know to tackle this common household problem effectively. By following these steps, you can ensure that your home is protected from water damage and avoid more significant issues in the future.

Finding the Source of the Leak

If you suspect a severe water leak in your home and want to pin down the source accurately, the first thing to do is shut off the water source. According to Quick and Dirty Tips, by immediately doing this, you may be able to stop more water damage from happening. If it’s easy to find the leak source and it has a shut-off valve, the problem may be as simple as turning the water off to that source. Until a professional plumber can come and help you permanently fix the water leak, there is still work to be done.

What to do After a Plumbing Leak

Immediately after the leak occurs, Apartment Therapy recommends cleaning the area thoroughly with a mop to remove excess moisture. Then, focus on gathering as many fans as possible in your home. You should keep these fans running overnight – and a few days after the leak occurred and is fixed – to ensure that the space remains well ventilated and your room’s surfaces are dry and in good condition. It’s also best to temporarily rearrange the room’s layout so that your precious furniture and decor are kept away from the water; move things to another room for a few days to adequately protect your belongings.

Further Inspection in the Weeks After

In the weeks following your home’s water leak and repair, there are a few things you need to monitor to ensure that your plumber properly addressed the issue. First, you must pay close attention to your water bill following the incident. Most water bills are pretty predictable as you have a general idea of how much your bill is each billing cycle.

However, if you notice an unusually high water bill and you have not been using more water than usual, another leak may be in your home. You will also want to routinely inspect the appliances and fixtures of your house and make sure you don’t see wall discoloration (a sign a leak may be occurring) or you don’t hear any dripping sounds. Dealing with a plumbing leak in your home can be a stressful situation. Hopefully, the problem is a simple and inexpensive repair. However, if you find that a simple fix does not trick, trust a friend and expert to address complicated leaks before they worsen.

What Happens if you Avoid a Leak?

Avoiding a plumbing leak can lead to a range of consequences over time. Initially, the leak might seem insignificant, but even a small, persistent drip can cause extensive damage. Water accumulation can result in structural damage to floors, walls, and ceilings, potentially compromising the integrity of your home. The damp environment created by untreated leaks fosters mold and mildew growth, posing health risks to the occupants, such as respiratory problems and allergies. Additionally, ongoing leaks can lead to increased water bills and wastage, which leads to environmental concerns. In the long run, neglecting a plumbing leak can result in more complex and expensive repairs, including potential damage to electrical systems and household appliances.

When Should I Call for Help?

You should call for help immediately after discovering a plumbing leak to prevent further damage and mitigate potential risks. Even if the leak appears minor, promptly contacting a professional plumber can save you from significant issues down the line.

Extent of Damage
: If the plumbing leak has caused significant damage to your property, such as flooding or structural issues, it is advisable to call in a professional plumber immediately. Trying to handle major repairs on your own could cause further damage and lead to more expensive repairs down the line.

Lack of Skills or Tools: If you don’t have the necessary skills or tools to properly address the plumbing leak, it’s best to leave it to experts. Professional plumbers have the expertise and equipment needed to assess and repair leaks effectively without causing additional problems.

Persistent Leaks: If you’ve attempted DIY fixes multiple times and the leak keeps coming back, it’s a sign that there may be an underlying issue that requires professional attention. Continuing with temporary solutions can result in water damage and mold growth, making it essential to seek help from a licensed plumber promptly.

A professional can accurately diagnose the problem, perform necessary repairs, and provide guidance on preventing future leaks. Therefore, the moment you notice a plumbing leak, it’s crucial to seek expert assistance to ensure the safety and longevity of your home.

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