How to Stop Running or Leaking Water

How to Stop Running or Leaking Water

The best way is to shut off the water at the valve closest to the source of the problem. This would allow a functioning water system to the rest of the house. For faucets, toilets or similar fixtures there are shut off valves connected to the water supply usually located directly under the fixture that should be able to shut off that fixture. If that does not work, or if you don’t find the shut off valve, you can close the main shut off valve (near your water meter) which will stop the water flow to the entire home.  Don’t let water cause any more damage to your home, give us a call right away for our 24/7 emergency service and we’ll get you leak-free running water, usually within the same day.
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Stopping running or leaking water depends on the specific situation. Here are general steps to help you address the issue:

Running or Leaking Faucet:

  1. Turn Off the Water Supply:
    • Locate the shut-off valves under the sink or behind the fixture.
    • Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water supply.
  2. Examine the Faucet:
    • Inspect the faucet for visible issues like loose parts or worn-out washers.
  3. Tighten Loose Parts:
    • If you notice loose handles or other components, use a wrench or screwdriver to tighten them.
  4. Replace Washers:
    • If a worn-out washer is causing the leak, turn off the water supply, disassemble the faucet, and replace the damaged washer.

Running or Leaking Toilet:

  1. Locate the Water Shut-Off Valve:
    • Find the shut-off valve near the base of the toilet and turn it clockwise to stop the water flow.
  2. Check the Flapper:
    • Lift the toilet tank lid and inspect the flapper. If it’s damaged or not sealing properly, it may need to be replaced.
  3. Adjust the Float:
    • If the water level is too high, it may continuously run. Adjust the float to the correct level.
  4. Inspect the Fill Valve:
    • Examine the fill valve for any issues. If it’s not working correctly, it might need to be replaced.

Running or Leaking Pipe:

  1. Turn Off the Main Water Supply:
    • Locate the main shut-off valve for your home and turn it clockwise to stop the water flow.
  2. Assess the Leak:
    • Identify the location and size of the leak. For small leaks, use a pipe clamp or epoxy putty as a temporary fix.
  3. Use a Pipe Repair Kit:
    • Keep a pipe repair kit on hand for quick fixes. Follow the instructions on the kit for sealing or patching the leak.
  4. Call a Plumber:
    • If the leak is significant or you are unable to stop it, contact a plumber for professional assistance.

Running or Leaking Water Heater:

  1. Turn Off the Power:
    • For an electric water heater, turn off the power at the circuit breaker. For a gas water heater, set the thermostat to the “pilot” setting.
  2. Shut Off the Water Supply:
    • Turn off the cold water supply to the water heater.
  3. Check for Leaks:
    • Inspect the water heater for leaks. If you find a leak, it may be due to a faulty valve or a corroded tank.
  4. Contact a Professional:
    • Water heater issues often require professional assistance. Contact a plumber to diagnose and repair the problem.
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