Finding and Fixing Leaky Pipes | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda
“Ahh, geez!” That’s what you might say when you find a slowly-leaking pipe has damaged the wood under your floor tiles. Sadly, you didn’t notice it until the damage was done.
And because it was a slow leak, your insurance does not cover the bill. If you own a home or business, take this opportunity to find and fix leaky pipes.
If you’ve never done any plumbing, you might get nervous when you think about fixing a leaky pipe. But reaching the leak is actually the hardest part. Once you can see it, you can often fix it. This video and many others like it show you the basics of fixing a leaky pipe.
Identifying Leaks and Calling Help
Signs of leaky pipes. If you’re standing in water, chances are you have a leaky pipe. But leaking pipes can also be subtle. Signs include:
- Ceiling stains
- Damaged flooring
- Loose, flaking caulking or grout
- Looseness of your sink faucet or handles
- Mold or mildew
- Puddles (of course)
- Tiles that keep coming up
- Toilet that moves when you rock it
Finding the source of a leak. To find a leaking pipe, check under countertops and sinks. Open the access panel behind you tub. To identify a small leak, you might partly fill your tub or sink. As the water runs out, check all the joints you can see for moisture.
Do you need a plumber? Can you easily get to the leak? You can likely fix it yourself. But if you can’t see or reach it, call an expert. Employing a professional now can save you repair costs in future.
“I Did It!”
It’s a great feeling to know you’ve saved money by doing your own repair. But be sure to check you don’t have mold or other signs of damage.
If you need to follow up with a professional clean-up, call SERVPRO®. We’ve been in the business of cleaning up water damage more than 50 years. We’ll take your call at any hour, day or night.
Looking for help with water damage? Reach out any time for the rapid response we’re famed for.