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3 Steps To Take When You Have A Water Leak

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At some point, most homeowners experience a leak in their plumbing. Even new houses can experience problems that need fixing. If you are worried about a water leak, it is important that you get it taken care of right away. Here are a couple steps you need to take to care for water leaks.

1. Locate The Leak

One sign that you have a water leak is that your water meter is reading far higher than what you are actually using. In some cases you might know that you have a leak, but you don't know where. The first step is to determine which appliance, pipe, or area of the house is leaking. 

Usually the appliance that is leaking will make a hissing noise. You should check the toilets, the hot water heater, the sinks, showers, sprinklers and any exposed pipes. In addition, make sure you look at any valves inside or outside the house. Sometimes these valves are simply not closed tight enough, which is causing the leak.

2. Turn Off The Water

Once you have located the leak, it is important that you turn off water before you try to fix it yourself. For instance, if you have a problem with the showerhead and you remove the head to expose a surrounding pipe, you could have water spewing everywhere. This could cost you a lot of money for extra water and for damage in the surrounding area as well. This is why it is important that before you try to attempt any kind of plumbing yourself, you turn off the water in the house. Usually you should be able to find a time when the residents in the house can go without water for an hour or two during the repair.

3. Call A Professional

Some jobs simply require a professional. Don't get caught up in the fallacy that if you watch enough videos online you can become a pro. Attempting a complex plumbing job on your own is never a good idea unless you have been trained to do so. The amount of money that you spend on the plumber won't even compare to the amount of money you will have to spend to restore any damage that you might create from doing a repair incorrectly.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that you are properly caring for the plumbing in your home when you have a water leak. For more information, contact a business such as Biard & Crockett Plumbing.