Yes, when a water leak presents itself, it can cause a bit of a freak out.
It’s just easy to call out a professional to hit the problem on its head.
That being said, there are some events where calling a plumber is a waste of your time and money because you could have easily solved it!
Here are some tips and things for you to look out for to save yourself from an unnecessary plumbing bill:
It’s easy for bathroom and kitchen drains to clog up with debris, and when the debris builds up, it places excessive pressure in the pipes which leads to leaks. It’s important to be proactive and clean your drains out regularly to avoid a larger problem from eventuating in the future.
It is very often that leaks are just a result of faulty pressure relief valves or pressure temperature relief valves. Locate your valves and lift the lever a few times to clear any blockages. However, if the valve looks old and as if it hasn’t been moved for a while, thats your cue to call a professional out.
If the leak stops; Problem Solved! If it hasn’t stopped it’s possible you will need to replace your valves.
Worn out Seals
This is more specific to dishwashers, fridges, sinks and toilets. Replacing these seals can solve your issue!
High Water Pressure
If it’s quiet noisy and you can hear banging when you turn on your tap, it’s likely you have excessively high water pressure. This can result in leaks occurring as more water than is possible is trying to escape from the tap. Utilising an anti-hammer valve (plumber can help you install) is helpful. Reducing high hot and cold water pressure will greatly increase the life of all taps.
Some water leaks are easy to solve, but if you would prefer to speak to an expert, you know who to call!