Finding & Fixing Water Leaks | Plumbing Fort Worth
Water Leaks | Plumbing Fort Worth
Plumbing leaks are not an issue that should be ignored. A small leak can cause serious damage, and a small leak can become a large leak with catastrophic consequences to your home and its foundation. Don’t ignore water leaks; contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for professional repair of your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth.
When a Leak Occurs
When a leak is detected, turn off the water to the entire house. Next, call your plumber for repair of the leaking plumbing in Fort Worth. While you wait for the plumber to arrive, dry the area as much as possible. Clean up any standing water and use a fan to help dry surfaces such as the floor or walls. This will help to reduce the amount of water damage.
Leaks can cause serious damage to the home and its foundation. The presence of moisture can also cause heath threatening mold and mildew issues. Leaks, even small ones, can migrate through floors and within walls, leading to extensive wood rot, ruined insulation and drywall, and short out electrical circuits. As a consequence, pests such as termites and carpenter ants are drawn to damp and/or rotted wood. If not promptly repaired to stop the damage, leaks will result in the entire structural integrity of the home being compromised. Don’t take the risk. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber to provide leak repair to your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Leaks also waste water. While numerous leaks are easy to see with standing or running water, not all leaks will be. Undetected leaks are called hidden leaks. Home owners may not, in fact, know they have a leak until they receive an elevated water bill without a known cause.
When hidden leaks are involved with your plumbing in Fort Worth, a plumber is your best source for the locating and repair. A qualified and licensed plumber will have the tools to locate your hidden leak and stop the damage.
Outdoor leaks may be overlooked. Take the time to check on hose bibbs and sprinkler valves, especially during the winter, even when they have been wrapped.
A leaking faucet typically involves replacing a worn washer. If you don’t feel comfortable providing the repair yourself, contact your plumber for repair of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Test toilets for leaks by dropping a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl the flapper is no performing its job, and is allowing water to leak from the tank into the bowl.
Provide a periodic visual inspection of the water heater. Check the floor and walls around the water heater as serious damage can occur if leaking. Rust on the exterior may indicate the water heater is rusting from within. Once rust occurs, it is only a matter of time before a leak occurs. Contact your plumber for repairs of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
After a Major Leak Occurs
When a leak occurs there are steps a homeowner can take to reduce the damage and ensure the safety of your family.
Stop the Water
When a water leak occurs shut off the main water valve immediately. Ensure everyone in your home knows where the shutoff valve is located.
Turn Off the Utilities
A minor water leak shouldn’t require shutting off electricity and/or gas unless it is spraying directly onto electrical or gas sources.
However, in a major water event, turning off the power or gas is the best means to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
Prevent Electrocution and Shock
Do not use any electrical appliances if your carpet or flooring is wet. Even the use of a wet vacuum to remove water can be risky. Never stand in water and use any electrical appliance.
Use Fans to Circulate Air
Encourage drying by placing fans to effectively circulate air. This is especially important in the first 24-48 hours after an indoor flood. Fans blowing directly on a saturated surface, a wall, for example, can assist in drying.
Get the Water Out Quickly
Fast removal of water will assist in preventing further damage, and minimize the expense of repairs. Clean up as much water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels if there is no danger of electrocution. If standing water is present and you are unable to shut off the electricity you can call a water remediation service, or request the power company come pull your power meter to ensure your safety.
Benjamin Franklin plumbers have the expertise to provide a professional repair, backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. When you have water leaks or other issues with your plumbing in Fort Worth, contact us to schedule an appointment. We provide plumbing services in Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.