It’s the middle of the night. You hear a constant dripping noise coming from the bathroom. You think, “I’ll close the bedroom door and take a look at it in the morning.”
Flash forward to the morning and you notice that you have a growing puddle around the base of your bathroom cabinets. Your heart drops, you open the doors, and there you see it – a leak!
Plumbing leaks happen to everyone. However, they don’t have to ruin your day and cost you a fortune.
Home headaches happen when it comes to general maintenance and upkeep. It’s a good idea to be prepared in the event that they happen to you.
Here are a few common plumbing leak headaches and how to troubleshoot:
Most Common Plumbing Leaks And Their Causes
The Faucet Failure
We all know this one too well, and if you don’t know it – you will!
The leaking faucet.
This situation is bound to happen, but usually, this faucet failure is a pretty easy fix. Your faucets may be leaking due to hardware issues or faulty fixtures. In either situation, both can be quickly and easily remedied.
If you’re noticing a small leak around the faucet when you turn it on, the issue can probably be fixed by removing the fixture to check if there is crud buildup, needs new O-rings, and/or needs a new layer of silicone caulk around the base.
If you have an Old Faithful situation gushing from your faucet, you have more of an issue that probably needs a bit of professional expertise.
In either situation, make sure you turn off the water supply to the faucet before you do any investigating. No need to make small plumbing leaks become raging rivers.
The Toilet Lever Tantrum
Here’s another situation where the noise can cause more frustration than the actual plumbing problem. The infinitely running toilet tank and its leaky lever sidekick.
Many times, just jiggling the flush lever will stop the running in a few minutes. However, if that jiggle doesn’t stop the sound – the issue may be one of the main parts of the toilet that can go awry: the flush valve, the intake valve, or the float ball.
If the tank is running and the water is just leaking a bit around the flush lever, these can be taken care of with a few DIY directions. But, if you notice water around the base of your toilet – you may want to call for backup to ensure you don’t have a backup!
The Wall Of Water
This is an immediate SOS situation. Luckily, these types of plumbing leaks don’t happen very often but when they do, you need to have them repaired ASAP.
If you notice that water is pooling at the base of a wall without reason, you’re probably dealing with a leak in one of your main plumbing pipes. If gone unrepaired, these types of leaks can cause mildew and mold to develop in your drywall, destruction of flooring, as well as potential structural issues.
Get this situation fixed right away!
Fix The Flood
Whether plumbing leaks are big or small, getting them fixed ASAP is always the best idea.
If you are relatively handy with home repair DIY projects, then you can probably tackle most of these frustrating leak issues with a few YouTube videos and some trips to your local hardware store.
If you have never dealt with plumbing issues or if the issue seems to be bigger than what you are comfortable fixing – don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Trying to fix something without the proper tools or knowledge can lead to bigger headaches and bigger repair costs.
Go APE on your plumbing with people that can help fix your leaks and save your sanity.