What to Do In Case of a LeakBrian Simpson | Dec 14, 2017
Noticing a water leak in your home can be an incredibly stressful experience. Before you panic, call our emergency plumbers in Atlanta. They’re here for your peace of mind! While you wait for one of our plumbing experts to arrive and save the day, there are some steps you can take to contain the problem, or maybe make it stop altogether. You can rely on our knowledge and expertise for the really hard stuff, but there are some everyday plumbing tips you can use on your own to make life so much easier!
Turn off the main water valve. It is imperative that everyone in your home knows where the main water valve is. In the event of a leak, it is the quickest way to get the water to stop leaking from its source. Knowing this and being able to turn it off could prevent further damage. In addition to this main water valve, toilets, sinks, and other fixtures should have their own shut-off valves. Knowing the location of these valves and how to use them could help you isolate the leak which could help you know how to handle it in a more efficient way. It also helps you prepare for our experts when they come to help you with your problem. We recommend making everyone in your home aware of these valve locations in the case of an emergency.
If possible, contain the leak. Another great temporary solution to a water leak is to contain the leak in your pipes. One way to do this is with pipe clamps. These clamps are used on aircraft carriers and submarines, so they are heavy-duty, but not meant to be a permanent solution. However, this temporary fix can serve you well while you wait for a professional to address the problem. Another temporary solution is a pipe wrap. Pipe wraps can be purchased at your local hardware store. They harden around your pipe to create a patch for the leak as it occurs. One final solution for containing the leak is to use a rubber pipe connector. These pieces are great for leaks that occur on the joint of a pipe. They can be wrapped around the joint to tighten up the leak. Containing the leak makes it easier for our professionals to get to work when they arrive at the scene of the problem!
While leaks can sometimes feel like a hopeless situation to have to deal with, there is no emergency plumbing situation that our 24-hour Atlanta plumbers can’t handle. There’s no need to panic when you know these few simple steps and have our number ready to go in the case of an emergency! If you are interested in more of our plumbing hacks and services, please give us a call at (770) 860-8110.