What To Do If You Have a Pipe Leak at Your Home?

February 01, 2023

A pipe leak can cause major stress and damage. That is why it is so important to know what to do if you notice a water leak in your home. There are a few simple things you can do to protect your home. In the article below, we’ll explain how to prepare your home for colder climate, what can cause a leak and how a licensed plumber can assist with diagnosis and repairs.

Preparing Your Home for Colder Temperatures

A preventative service that can be performed to your home during colder weather is winterizing your pipes. This is a basic service that a licensed technician can perform. This service usually includes wrapping interior and exterior water lines that need to be insulated, checking the condition of current piping and checking the operation of your main shut off valves. You service professional will be able to discuss with you if there are any areas of concern or recommend repairs.

First Things First

When you notice a leak, it’s important to act fast. Start by turning off the water valves to stop the supply of water from your pipes to the leaking area. If the leak is on a water line or fixture that has an individual shut off valve to it, then you can attempt to turn it off rather than your main shut off valve. After, be sure to clean up as much water as possible to help prevent there from being extensive water damage. If possible, try to place a bowl or bucket under the leak to catch any remaining water. From there, contact a licensed plumber and/or plumbing company to come out and assess the leak, damage and repairs needed.

How A Licensed Plumber Can Help

Well for one thing a licensed plumber is equipped with tools, experience and education on how to diagnose, repair and properly test your plumbing system for leaks. A common mistake we see a lot of homeowners make is to try and attempt to address the leak themselves or to call an unlicensed individual like a handyman to make repairs. This can lead to issues down the road as a lot of the times the quick “fix” was only meant to provide temporary relief rather than a permanent repair. Examples of this are repair clamps or shark bite fittings. Both of which are not a permanent repair and will need to be addressed. When you have an active leak at your home, call a licensed technician. A licensed plumber can inspect your damaged piping and should be able to properly repair your leak.  Craftmanship is important, especially when it comes to your potable line repairs!

Emergency Plumbing in Cypress, TX

If you have a leak in your home, the Show Plumbing team is here to help. We offer 24-hour emergency care for all of your plumbing needs. With fast service, upfront flat rate pricing and decades of experience, you can count on Show Plumbing to get your home back into shape. Need plumbing assistance ASAP? Call us at 281-860-2000.