Leaky Plumbing: Do You Need to Call a Professional?

2 March 2016
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When you find a leak in your bathroom or kitchen, your first instinct might be to call a plumber. While this is often a good idea, the problem may be something you can start by fixing on your own. Here are some types of leaks that require a professional, and others you may be able to fix on your own.

Is Your Water Heater Leaking?

While not all water leaks need a professional, having a water heater that is leaking is one time when you do need a plumbing contractor. Not only is it not safe to do repairs on the water heater yourself, but leaking water heaters often can't be repaired. More often than not, this is a sign that it is time to replace the appliance. If there is a leak, it is often from the lining inside the water heater corroding and wearing away, which requires getting a new one. If the leak is severe, disconnect your home's water supply, then call for emergency plumbing services. The plumber will come out to your home and let you know what to do next.

Do The Fittings Need to be Tightened?

On the other hand, if the leak is due to the fittings, this is likely something you can handle on your own. When you have a leak in your plumbing system, the first thing you need to do is try and locate the source of the leak. If the water is located on the countertop area, it is often from a faucet that is leaking due to the seal or washers wearing away. You can either try tightening the washer around the faucet, or replace the washers if needed. There may also be a leaky pipe due to loose or corroded fittings underneath the sink. If the leak is on the ground or underneath the sink, check the pipes and look for signs of corrosion. Try replacing the fittings and see if it helps to solve the problem.

Have the Pipes Burst?

If you believe you have broken or burst pipes, it is important that you disconnect your water supply and contact a plumber right away. Burst pipes are often very obvious, causing a flood in your basement or different areas of your home. However, broken pipes are a little subtler. These leaks take longer to notice. You may have a broken pipe if you have clogged drains that never seem to get better, sewage in your tub or sink, or lack of water when turning it on. You may also notice that the water quality is lower, such as having a weird odor or color.