If you observe you have a water leak, you might want to fix it immediately. That is the right thing to do. But many get discouraged because they think it is difficult to fix, but that’s not true. At the end of this article, you will have learned how to fix your water leak.
The first thing you must do when you observe a water leak is to shut off the water supply. The main stopcock in your house will turn off the whole system. It could be at the bottom or back of your stairs, under your sink or in a pantry. However, it is not compulsory to turn off the whole system if you can shut off the supply closer to the place you are experiencing the leak. It is best to make sure that all the appliance which uses water in your home have their shut-off valve so that you can close the supply to specific areas when there is an issue.
Most of the shut-off valves are turned off in the clockwise direction. In case you need help, you can use anything to help you get a firm grip on it; as for the direction to go (if not clockwise), the valve may have an arrow to help.
What are the types of water leaks?
The action you need to take depends on the type of leak you are experiencing. Is the flow of water intermittent or is it constant? If it is constant, then it could probably be the main pipe, but if it is intermittent, it could be your shower or the washing machine. You must remember water travels; it does not always come out immediately where the leak or break happens.
Radiator: If you have leaks from the radiator, close the valves which are at the end of your radiator. If you observe it is turning indefinitely without any different sign or no changes, then it could be a balancing valve, so remove the plastic tip then use pliers or something similar to turn the brass tip in a clockwise direction.
The toilet overflows: As a water tank, your toilet tank must have a stop valve that can be closed with a screwdriver or something. If the washer inside the float valve is bad or leaking, the water entering the cistern can be closed by shutting off valve. This can (or should) be placed near the cistern or tank inlet.
Hot Taps: If you have a combined boiler which provides your home with all the needed hot water, you may turn off the cold water supply that enters the boiler to stop the hot water.
Cold water: You can turn it off with the main faucet (maybe at the back of your stairs, under your sink or in the cupboard) or the water inflow meter if you have any.
Overflowing tank: This can be caused when a washer on the ball valve does not close properly, which may be as a result of a limescale. Sometimes you just have to shake the ball valve to let go of the limescale and it will return to normal again.
Prevention has always been better than cure. Find where your main stopcock is and always test it maybe annually to be sure it’s not faulty. If you have a plumber come around for any work, you can ask him to help you check your system to be sure there is no threat or potential leak.