What to Do While You Wait for the Plumber
Leaky pipes are more than annoying. It can lead to serious damage if it isn’t treated. After detection, it is important to call the plumber. If the plumber isn’t available immediately, you can look at what to do while you wait.
Is it possible to pinpoint the source of the leak? A leak from above is not always indicated by water on the floor below a sink, toilet or other fixture. The leak could be from somewhere else, or the water may have moved to another location.
Look out for signs other than a drip or puddle. These could include:
- A damp spot on the ceiling or wall. Hidden leaks that aren’t visible from the ceiling or wall may not always be obvious. To find the source, look for dampness in plaster or drywall.
- Musty smell Untreated leaks can cause mildew or mold damage. It can also cause a musty odor.
- Broken pipes. A long-term leak may be indicated by corrosion or rust on the pipes’ exteriors.
- Bubblegum wallpaper or peeling paint . Other signs that a leak is hidden behind the wall include bubbling paint or peeling wallpaper.
Once you have located the leak, you are ready to move on to the next steps. If you have already called the plumber, you can read the following to learn what you should do while you wait for him to fix the problem.
Turn off the water
Turn the water supply valve on the fixture to the off position. If the valve is not visible or it isn’t there, you can turn off the main water supply.
You won’t need to worry about your home being affected by the leak if there isn’t a constant flow of water. This won’t fix the problem but it will reduce the … Read More