Suspect a leak in your home or business’ plumbing? At Valentine, we understand that even minor leaks can become a significant issue if not properly addressed. Here’s why our customers choose us for leak repair services:
Why Our Leak Fixing Services?
- Local business serving customers for 50+ years
- Residential and commercial leak detection
- Same day leak repairs
- 24/7 leak fix services
- Fully licensed plumbers
- No sub-contracted work
At Valentine Plumbing, we utilize advanced techniques and cutting-edge tools to accurately pinpoint the leak’s origin and address it. Not only do we locate the leak in your residence or business, our leak fixing experts also undertake the necessary repairs to prevent potential water damage.
Identifying Common Leaks
Household leaks waste thousands of gallons of water annually. To prevent this from occurring, it’s crucial to promptly recognize and address any leaks. The usual suspects for household (or company) leaks include faucets, toilets, pipes, showerheads, and water heaters.
Addressing these leaks promptly can save water and reduce your utility bills. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of plumbing leaks and what you need to watch for so that you know when to call a plumber for a leak repair:
Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks:
- Faucets: Continuous dripping may result from a defective O-ring or valve. Other potential culprits that will require a leak fix include damaged washers, eroded seals or cartridges, or even loose pipe connections.
- Toilets: A leaking toilet might be due to a malfunctioning flapper, eroded base seals, faulty connectors, or even cracks in the toilet tank or bowl.
- Showerheads: Over time, showerheads might become loose or their seals might crack, causing leaks. Mineral build-up or a deteriorated shower cartridge can also be at fault.
- Water Heaters: Common reasons for water heater leaks are a loose drain valve or a malfunctioning temperature and pressure relief valve. Inside, corrosion and sediment can eat away at the tank, causing leaks.
- Pipes: Several factors can lead to pipe leaks. High water pressure, temperature fluctuations, tree root intrusion, major blockages, soil shifts, and the erosive effects of hard water can all be potential reasons.
Further Reading: Everything You Need to Know About Fixing Plumbing Leaks
Leak Fixing Services FAQs
What is the best thing to use to stop a leak?
The best materials and tools to use for stopping a leak often depends on its location and severity. For minor household leaks, such as those in faucets or showers, plumber’s tape or plumber’s putty can be effective. For larger leaks in pipes, epoxy putty can provide a temporary solution. However, for significant leaks or those in critical areas, it’s best to replace the damaged section of pipe or fixture. It’s essential to identify the type and cause of the leak to choose the right material for a lasting solution. When in doubt, contact our local plumbers for assistance.
Can you fix a leak yourself?
For simple tasks like changing a worn-out washer in a faucet, sealing a leaky showerhead with plumber’s tape, or unclogging a minor drain obstruction, you may feel confident in handling the repair yourself. However, for more complex leaks, especially those involving main water lines or sewage pipes, or when the source of the leak isn’t easily identifiable, we recommend seeking professional help. Attempting to fix such leaks without the proper expertise could cause more costly repairs down the line. More info about finding and repairing hidden plumbing leaks.
How do plumbers stop leaks?
Plumbers employ a variety of techniques and tools to stop leaks, based on the leak’s nature and location. For pipe leaks, they might cut out and replace a damaged section, or use specialized fittings to mend it. For faucet or fixture leaks, replacing worn-out parts, like cartridges, washers, or O-rings, is common. Plumbers also have advanced equipment, such as hydrostatic pressure testers and video inspection tools, to detect hidden leaks. Once detected, they might use sealants, patches, or replacement parts to resolve the issue.
How do you seal a water leak?
Sealing a water leak depends on its location and size. For minor leaks in faucets or other fixtures, plumber’s tape wrapped around the threaded joints can often seal the leak. If it’s a gap or crack in a pipe, epoxy putty, applied around the affected area, can offer a temporary fix. For more significant leaks or those in pipes under pressure, specialized clamps or pipe repair kits can be used as a temporary measure. Silicone sealants can be effective for sealing leaks around fixtures or fittings. However, for a long-lasting solution, especially in critical areas, it’s usually best to replace the defective part or section.
Need a Leak Repair?
With so many potential leak sources, it’s wise to seek advice from a Fox Valley leak repair professional. At Valentine, our plumbers can pinpoint the leak source and suggest appropriate fixes.
Besides leak repairs, we also have 50+ years of professional experience with kitchen and bathroom faucets, shower installations, water heater services, sump pump services, new plumbing constructions, and other plumbing services.
We serve the cities of Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh, Freedom, and the surrounding areas. For your peace of mind, every team member employed at our company is 100% certified and qualified to perform any leak repair you need. Contact Valentine today!