common water leaks in home

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When you’re a homeowner (Congrats, by the way!), leaks are just something that come with the territory. Even the smaller, common water leaks in homes can be tedious and costly over time if not repaired properly.

To fix the following leaks, you’ll need these supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Cloth
  • Compound Stick
  • Couplers
  • Epoxy Paste
  • Flexible Hot Water Pipe
  • Flux
  • Hacksaw
  • Hose
  • Marker
  • Pipe Clamps
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Replacement Pipe
    (0.25 inches shorter than the piece you’re replacing!)
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Solder
  • Torch
  • Utility Knife

Before attempting to repair any of these common water leaks in homes, remember to first turn off the water supply, so that you can work without risking further water damage or flooding. Use the cloth in the supply list to wipe off the surface of the leak before beginning repair.

Here are 3 common water leaks in homes (and how to fix them):

1.     Water Leaks from Pipes

Another common leak that can occur in your home is in your pipes, particularly the pipes under your sink. After cleaning the site of the leak, apply plumber’s tape to the pipe. Wrap the tape around the pipe until there are several layers acting as water barriers. Apply the epoxy paste to spots in the pipes that leak water. Let the paste sit for 20-25 minutes before turning the water back on. Tighten the joints in your pipes, then use a hose to serve as additional coverage around the pipes.

2.     Water Leaks from Toilets

Toilets can leak anywhere two parts meet – be they pipes or porcelain components. The most common toilet leak occurs where the tank meets the bowl. This specific leak can send water splashing back up at you each time you flush. To fix this leak, you’ll have to drain the tank, turn the tank upside down, remove the old, faulty seal, then apply a new one using your epoxy paste. You should also use a wrench to tighten the bolts around the toilet.

3.     Water Leaks from Hot Water Heaters

Leaks from a hot water heater are inevitable as the equipment ages. To repair a leak from a hot water heater pipe, you’ll have to remove the damaged pipe. Place a bucket beneath the pipe before cutting it to catch water as it spills out. Take a marker to identify the part of the pipe that needs to be cut away, then use your hacksaw to do the job. Take your replacement pipe and de-burr it using your flux. Meld the metals of the new and old pipes together using your torch.

If you have more than one leak you have to repair in your home, the cost to repair the leaks on your own can really add up. You could spend the money and try to fix it on your own, or you could hire a professional plumber to get the job done right the first time. Call Bardi at (770) 263-9300, email us at bardiservice@bardi.com or chat with a representative in the chat box to schedule service today!