Repairing a Slow Leak

Your home is no doubt important to you, and is a big part of your life and applying for a mortgage is a major commitment. A well maintained home will be comfortable to live in, and will also be able to keep its value for a longer period of time. Part of being a homeowner is taking the time to fix problems in your home and make additions whenever necessary. While some problems or issues may be small and can be handled on your own. Others will be much larger and you may need the help of a professional, and may even need to use your homeowners insurance. A slow leak is a problem that can start small but turn into a much bigger problem, and you will want to take car of it as fast as possible.

Finding the Cause

The first key to fixing a slow leak is determining the cause of the problem. It may be that you have had your leak for years but it is just getting noticeable, or possibly the leak started after you fixed another aspect of your plumbing. Whatever the cause, you will need to figure out exactly where the leak is coming from.

If your leak is occurring in a sink, finding the source is going to be fairly easy, as the pipes and plumbing for sinks are typically fairly exposed. If the leak is coming from a toilet, water heater or other appliance, you may have a more difficult time getting to the components that need to be fixed or tightened. If you discover that your slow leak is originating from an appliance that you are not familiar with or seems to be too complicated, you may want to hire a plumber or handyman.

Leaks in Joints

Many leaks arise from simple wear and tear, and the repairs will be equally simple. Say for example, your leak is coming from your sink. The first step will be inspecting the joints of the different pipes below your sink in order to see where the problem is originating from. If you see water leaking from a joint, you may need to pull the components apart and inspect the nuts and washers. Most sinks that use PVC pipe as their main transport are also going to use a PVC nut and a sealing washer. In many cases, the washer has loosened or is not working properly, and a new washer should do the trick. When attaching these washers, pull the pipes together, place the washer in place, and then firmly thread the nut onto the washer.

If the leak does not seem to be originating from the joints of your pipes, you may have a larger and more expensive problem. It may be that a pip has sustained a crack, or possibly the hardware has loosened or broken. In these cases, you will probably have to do a bit more probing to identify the problem. Once the issue has been identified, you can decide if you want to tackle it yourself, or hire a plumber.

Fix Your Leak Today

While a slow leak can seem like a small inconvenience, it is unwise to let the leak be. That slow leak can gradually grow, and over time you may have a much more expensive problem on your hands. Take the time today to identify your problem and whether or not you can fix it. Repairing a slow leak may be much easier than you thought it could be, and within minutes you can finish your project and continue improving your home bit by bit.

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