A pipe’s role in most household plumbing systems is often overlooked. Still, they’re what eventually brings our water to the kitchen faucet. From buried water mains under every street and suburbia home foundation all over town, it ends its journey at your kitchen tap or bathroom. But these pipes, like everything, gives out to constant pressure and wear and tear.
When you think about it, your plumbing is a maze that can be really confusing. It’s not so hard to see why Perth’s best commercial plumbers recommend calling an experienced plumber right away if you notice any leaks – no matter how small.
What’s a Water Leak
Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a significant source of water loss for some households. The average home loses about 17 gallons of water per day to indoor leaks. Some leaks are apparent such as dripping faucets or leaking hot water units. Still, many go undetected because the source is not visible.
You’re noticing a rise in your water bill. Maybe it’s because of a hidden leak? Here are some steps you can take to find out if that is the case: First, check the reading on your water meter and write down all numbers – this way, we’ll know how much water has been used so far; next, turn off every tap and appliance with running water (including dishwasher, washing machine), wait for 2 hours before checking again. Then compare new readings with what was written at first! If there were any changes, then congratulations- you’ve got a problem!
Here are some common water leak causes:
- Broken seals on water appliances
- Clogged water pipes
- Corrosion and damaged joints
- Excessive water pressure and drastic temperature changes
- Loose connectors
- Tree roots
These can cause minor leaks that may lead to significant water leaks and costly water damage and repair bills if left untreated.
What Is Considered an Emergency when It Comes to Water Leaks?
A Plumbing Emergency is a condition that, if left unchecked, will result in injury, health hazards, or damage. For instance: the leak is getting water on an electric appliance, electrical outlet, or any part of the building’s electrical system; flooding from waterline breakage; blackwater contamination when it gets into the water supply.
What to Do in A Water Leak Emergency
When a plumbing system starts to leak, it is best not to panic and immediately call in a Perth emergency plumber from Rowson’s Plumbing Service. The first thing you want to do, if possible, is turn off your house’s main water supply valve. Then open all the accessible taps and faucets; this will pressure enough time to release from pipes throughout the home.
Second, use towels and sponges to absorb any water on the floor to reduce or stop further damage. Water can cause incredible amounts of havoc as it soaks into carpeting, boards & even tiles. If accessible, switch off the power to that area before coming in with towels. If you’re not wearing rubber boots, stay out of the wet area and don’t go near anything plugged in. Suppose your clothes or shoes touch the water while holding a device that is wired into an electrical outlet. In that case, it could be dangerous to both yourself and anyone else who comes too close! If safety is ensured, remove any electrical appliance from the wet or flooded area to avoid an electrical issue.
If Rowson’s licensed plumber hasn’t arrived yet, keep reading.
Learn More: Is Water Leak Detection Considered an Emergency?
What Not to Do in A Water Leak Emergency
Do not turn the water back on until the emergency leaks are fixed. Turning the faucet will only pressurize your pipes and make things worse! Please don’t make it worse for both your sake and our emergency plumber.
Don’t DIY; let the professionals handle the issue. The leak in your wall must have been going on for a while. It might even be mouldy! If you open up the drywall yourself, those spores could spread to other parts of the house and make it worse. Leave this job for an expert technician with all the right tools who can identify any potential risk before they start working around that damp spot. All you could do yourself is mitigate the flood damage.
Do not ignore the problem! No matter how minor you think it is, no matter how insignificant your water meter said it was! A pinhole leak or slow leaks can cause massive and costly damage to property and health.
You can’t handle everything on your own! Make sure you’re doing the right thing with plumbing issues, and call in a professional. Our expert plumbers are trained to assess any problem that may arise from house feed lines, quickly stabilizing the damage before it’s too late. We use advanced technology like video inspections, so we know exactly what needs fixing.
Your house’s plumbing system is more than likely one of the most fundamental elements in your home. In less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee, you can have an expert from Rowsons Plumbing Services come by and inspect any problems with your pipes, so they are fixed before anything gets worse.