Water leak troubleshooting and repairs
Water can cause considerable damage, both inside and outside a home. In fact, the pressure in the pipes is so high that, as a rule, a house basement can flood in a few minutes. The consequences of a leak can therefore be catastrophic.
In addition to causing inordinate costs, a water leak can also cause a lot of moisture and mold, which can be very harmful to humans. Plumbing is a specialty in itself. That’s why it’s best to call on specialist technicians, like those at Pure Plomberie, who can fix your water leak problems in a jiffy!
Warning signs of water leakage: visible water leaks and non-visible water leaks
A water leak can be announced by a hissing sound near a pipe, by the appearance of a muddy area or by greenery that is more intense than the rest of the lawn in a certain area. But there is a very specific way to check for a leak: watch the water meter. Does it still turn, even though the main valve is closed? If so, the leak is probably outside. If, on the other hand, the meter is stable, the leak is in the house.
What to do in case of a water leak?
When you notice a water leak, first try not to panic. Instead, consider following these tips that will greatly limit the damage.
- Turn off the water! This simple action should already give you a good start! If shutting off the valve on your faucet, dishwasher, toilet or washing machine is not enough, go directly to the source: turn off the main water supply. As a general rule, it should be located in a water room, such as the basement or garage.
- Try to detect the origin of the leak. Even if you call a plumber, he will be grateful for your effort and you will save him a lot of time.
- There are an impressive number of plumbers. But plumbers as competent as those of Pure Plomberie, they are very rare! The CAA Habitation recommendation should convince you that this is the team for you.
Water leak: what not to do
If you have a water leak, it is very important that you never dig for it, as this can be dangerous and expensive. Do not attempt to repair a water heater leak yourself, as you may cause more damage. Finally, be careful when repairing a toilet. You know when it starts, you never know when it ends! In these cases, it is better to call a professional plumber.
There are leak detection systems that can be installed at water inlets. They can greatly limit the damage. In doing so, they will warn you of a leak and automatically shut off the water pipes.
For more than 2 years now, Pure Plomberie has been installing the products of the Quebec company Sinopé, their automated shut-off valves equipped with discreet sensors, all connected to your smartphone through an application. Ask your Pure Plomberie technicians for more information.