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Sometimes a leaky pipe can be a quick fix that doesn’t call for a professional a plumber. Other times, a leak can mean something serious. If you notice that your water bill is higher than usual or you hear running water even when all faucets are off, it might indicate that you have a water leak.
Before contacting a plumber, there are some steps you can follow to see whether or not this leak can be fixed on your own. A-1 Sewer and Septic are here to walk you through these steps to ensure that you save money and prevent costly damage in the future.
Locating Your Leaky Pipe
Locate the leak by following the sound of running water and checking to see if there are water stains on ceilings, floors, or walls. Depending on where a stain is found, you may need to examine different places. Ceiling stains indicate the leak is coming from above. A wall stain can mean that the leak occurred at another place and is traveling along the pipe before pooling.
If a leak cannot be discovered, it may be best to call an experienced plumber that may be able to identify signs that are more difficult to notice.
Making Repairs to Pipe
If the problem pipe is identified, the next step would be to fix the pipe!
You should do the following:
- Shut off the water at the main shutoff valve
- Apply a sheet of rubber to the site of the leak
- Clamp the rubber using a sleeve clamp, an adjustable hose clamp, or a C-clamp
- When possible, completely replace the section of pipe with a leak
Taking the steps to fix a leaky pipe can help prevent costly household repairs and the need to bring in a plumber. If the leak is too big to repair or you notice that the leak may not have been fixed properly, call a plumber help to ensure that your pipes are doing their job!