Fixing Leaky Pipes in Your Champaign/Urbana Home
It’s no secret that water damage is bad, not only can it cost a lot of money to fix if left unmitigated, but it can also lead to the growth of potentially harmful molds that can cause health effects. Mold needs water to grow and can grow quickly if things like leaks and water damage aren’t fixed quickly, and that’s why it’s important to check for leaky pipes, and if you find one, it’s important to know how to fix it.
- The first things you can do when fixing a leaky pipe is see where the water is coming from. If it’s coming from a loose coupling nut (the thing that holds pipes together), then it’s pretty easy to grab a wrench and tighten the nut, fixing your leak.
- If the leak is caused by a crack in the pipe itself, you will need to use plumber’s tape, self-fusing silicone tape, or epoxy putty to fix it. These are easy to apply, just make sure the water is turned off then wrap the pipe if you’re using tape, or just apply putty to the pipe and give it some time to dry.
After fixing the pipe, make sure to clean up any standing water, and check back every day or every few days to make sure there is no more water or leaking.
If you’ve had water damage or mold growth due to a leaky pipe, call SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana at (217) 355-0077 and our professionals with take care of everything.