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How to Handle Leaky Pipes

November_2014_Leaky_Pipes.jpgIf you've noticed a musty smell near your water heater, damp drywall near you toilet or mildew in your cabinets, it's possible you have a plumbing leak. How you handle it depends on where it's located.
 
If you can see the leak
 Leaks under the sink, behind the toilet or in other accessible areas are prime candidates for some plumbing first aid. Try wrapping a leaky fitting with fiberglass repair tape or plugging loose fittings with plumber’s putty. Both should be available at your local hardware store. This won't fix the problem permanently, but it may prevent some water damage while you work on a better solution.
 
If you're a seasoned DIY'er
 You might consider fixing the problem yourself if the issue is a loose fitting, and not something that could get progressively worse, like pipe corrosion. Just keep in mind that any money you save could be lost later in water damage if the fix fails.
 
If the leak is inaccessible
 Leaks behind your drywall, in your ceiling or under your floor are best handled by professional plumbers. The sooner you call one, the better! Left unaddressed, leaky pipes can cause:
 
  • Mold and mildew growth, which affects your indoor air quality
  • Wood rot, which can ruin cabinetry and threaten the integrity of your floor and wall supports
  • Paint, drywall and wallpaper damage
  • Carpet or hard-surface flooring damage
 
What if you have a leaky faucet or showerhead?
 Just because the water is dripping into a drain or basin, don't assume it's nothing to worry about. Over time, a leaky faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water, cause your drain to rust and encourage mildew and mold growth.
 
If you've spotted a leak or suspect one you can't find, call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400. We can help you eliminate the leaks and prevent additional water damage and water waste.
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