3 Leaks You Can Fix Yourself
The key to addressing plumbing issues is knowing when to call for professional help so you don't worsen the problem which could lead to significant water damage. Luckily, there are a number of leaks you can address on your own that should not cause further issues.
Here are three leaks that don't require the services of a plumber:
Loose showerhead connections
Leaky showerheads are among the simplest fixes. The source of the issue may be that the fixture is loose. In this case, resolving the leak is as easy as tightening the device.
"Leaky showerheads are among the simplest fixes."
For more complex showerhead leaks, you'll have to head to the hardware store. While you're there, pick up some Teflon or plumber tape, which will help with creating a tight seal and prevent corrosion. You wrap this tape around the threads.
When you remove the showerhead, also check that the threads don't have lime scale buildup. If so, soak the part in vinegar and wipe with a cloth before applying the tape. Keep an eye out for worn rubber gaskets and replace them as those could also be the source of the leak.
Pinhole leaks in copper pipes
Though all pipework may seem too complex for amateurs, addressing pinhole leaks is not a complex task. If you're handy with a soldering iron, make the repair by cutting out the leaky section and welding in a new one. If you're apprehensive about welding, you can use pipe-repair clamps or epoxy.
Regardless which route you take, keep two points in mind: Always shut off water to the entire house before making a repair, and ensure the pipe is completely dry before soldering, applying epoxy or clamping. If the water is left on, you will end up with water all over and a big water damage cleanup project..
Leaks from faucets
Leaky faucets are often the result of issues with the gaskets or washers. Simply replacing these items is usually sufficient.
However, remember that the complexity of the faucet type can make it harder to find the leak. Also, in certain cases, it may be more ideal to replace a faucet, especially an old one.
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