You come home from a hard days work, walk in the front door and you hear the hiss of water spraying all over. What do you do?
- Shut off the water! The most important thing you need to know about your home’s plumbing is where to shut off the water. If your home is supplied by municipal water, the water meter and main shutoff valve are often within close proximity to each other, so finding the meter is a good first step. Water meters are usually in an underground hatch near the street or along property lines. Look along the edge of your property for a metal lid, like a small manhole cover, marked water meter, or just water.
- Locate the leak. Each plumbing fixture, such as dishwashers, faucets, water heaters and toilets, will often have its own dedicated shutoff valve. For freestanding fixtures, such as toilets or pedestal sinks, the shutoff valve can be easily located on the water supply line between the floor or wall and the fixture. Kitchen sinks, dishwashers and cabinet-mounted sinks would normally have their shutoff valves under the kitchen sink. Many times supply lines are the culprit. Supply lines are the flexible hoses that connect to your sinks, toilets, washing machines, and so on. Supply lines can be rubber, plastic, or stainless steel braided. Stainless steel braided supply lines are a preferred type for use by most plumbers because they are more reliable. Anytime a fixture is replaced the supply lines should be replaced too. Even though a supply line may look like it is still in good shape you can save yourself a lot of trouble by replacing it. The reason for this is that when the rubber seal is disturbed it can be difficult to re-seal, especially if the rubber gasket is older. A rubber gasket that has been in place for several years is probably less flexible than when new and will not often form a watertight seal.
- Call a professional. Professional plumbers, like those a Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement, are licensed and insured. They have the knowledge and experience to fix the issue correctly and quickly. Many homeowners have common knowledge in fixing small things around the home but when it comes to the damage that can happen from a water leak it is best to cover you bases and use a pro. At Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement we can test the water pressure, check your existing plumbing and help make sure these things won’t happen again.