It goes without saying that plumbing leaks can be one of the most frustrating aspects about home improvement.  Burst pipes, mold as a result of a leak and flooded rooms can be a nightmare.  Not to mention how easy it is for furniture to get damaged.  Leaks get agonizing if you’re a home improvement do-it-yourselfer.  The good news is that you don’t have to know everything about plumbing to get a head start with the repairs.  This is why we share these things you must know on how to fix plumbing leaks.

Identify what’s wrong – You don’t have to be an expert to detect that there’s something wrong with your pipes.  You will need to make a routine check for any visible signs of burst pipes and plumbing leaks.  Many times homeowners don’t pay enough importance to the likelihood of plumping problems and then find a puddle of water in their basement or living room, causing damage to their valuables.  To check if there is something wrong with your pipes, look for signs of rust or drops of water.

Watch out for leaky water heaters – It’s possible for your water heater’s lining to wear away and cause water to drip from the base.  Do a visual inspection and see if there is water dripping from it.  If there you may want to call the manufacturer and provide them the water heater’s model number.  You may find that the product repair is covered under its warranty. If you need to replace the water heater call Top Rank and we will try to get you one with a pan under it.

Don’t overstuff your sink cabinet – Be sure not to put too many things under your kitchen sink as this can disguise and hide important leaks.  Be sure to check regularly. It’s always best to do a routine check to avoid facing bigger plumbing issues later on.

Trace the leak back to the wall – If you spot a leak, chances are that it is on the back side, connecting to a wall.  If this is the case, you may have to disassemble the entire drain work.  You can try to tighten it using your hands to check if the leaking stops.  If it is still leaking, you can use a wrench to tighten it a little further to put a stop to your plumbing leaks.

Replace your mixer valve gasket – Don’t wait for your shower gasket to blow up.  If you have the isolation valves, disassemble its handles, take out the stem, replace, install, and check.

The reality is that the experts at Top Rank Home Services can handle these repairs and many others for you.  In fact, when your repairs end up in Home Energy savings there may be a way to finance the repairs and upgrades with your homes property taxes!  We are big advocates of Ygrene and the PACE program because they work very well for homeowners.

We are Top Rank Home & Construction Services.  We serve you in the Elk Grove, Galt, Lodi, Stockton and Modesto areas with HAVC, Roofing, Windows, Insulation, Lighting, Concrete, Painting and Construction Services.  Call us at 916-667-3399 or at 209-251-7474 or just visit www.toprankhomeservices.com  We are the team with a plan!