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How To Fix A Leaking Water Pipe - Total Pipeline Systems

A water pipe leak is one of those things that you’re bound to face at some point or another if you own a property.

There are several signs you can look out for to detect a leaking water pipe at your home – simple things like flooding, mould, bubbling walls or wallpaper, and dramatic changes to the water flow and pressure. It’s also worth keeping a close eye on your water meter and taking readings periodically. The usage shouldn’t increase abnormally, but if it does, it’s a tell-tale sign you have a leak.

Although it can be a huge inconvenience, the good news is, there is a quick fix for most water leaks – many of which don’t require any professional expertise.

In this article, the team at Total Pipeline Systems explain some of the most common water leaks and how to fix them quickly, without breaking the bank.

·Leaky radiators

Radiator leaks are not uncommon – but they can cause a substantial amount of damage to your floors, ceilings, and wiring. In most cases, the cause is a leaking valve or valve spindle. However, it could also be the result of a corroding pipe coupling.

If you suspect your radiator is leaking, it’s worth draining the radiator and refilling it. If that doesn’t work, consider calling a plumber as it’s likely that the issue is deeper in the pipe system.

·Dripping taps

A dripping tap is a clear indication that you have a leaking water pipe, typically caused by a build-up of debris or a damaged washer.

To fix a dripping tap, you must turn off the water first and then open up the tap to inspect the washer. If the problem is due to debris, this can easily be cleaned away. If the washer is damaged, you will need to replace it.

Though it’s relatively straightforward to fit a washer DIY, you may wish to contact a professional to ensure that the appropriate fitting is installed correctly.

·Leaking toilet

While a leaking toilet is unsanitary, there’s often a simple solution for fixing it.

For instance, if the leak comes from the bottom of the toilet and only happens when you flush the loo, this suggests that there’s an issue with the rubber seal around the toilet base. Alternatively, it could just be that the tee bolts that hold your toilet in place have become loose and, therefore, need tightening up.

To fix the leak, you’ll need to stop using the toilet until you resolve the problem. It’s a sensible idea to disinfect the area around the leak too as it will be wastewater from the base. A wrench will also be required to unscrew and tighten the bolts.

·Leaking bath or shower

Whether it be in your main bathroom or your en-suite, a leaking bath or shower is extremely inconvenient. Start by checking the plughole – if it’s broken, this will explain why you’re experiencing a leak.

It’s also a good idea to double-check the supply pipes are installed correctly. These may be hidden behind a wall, meaning you’ll need to remove the panels of the bath or shower enclosure to get to them. Though it may seem like an arduous job, these leaks can cause a lot of problems, which is why it’s vital to detect them early on and take the necessary steps to fix them.

Another thing to bear in mind is that the silicone seal around the bathtub will degrade over time, allowing moisture to seep through. Fortunately, this doesn’t take too long to repair – you just need to re-seal the bath regularly.

·Water pipe joints

Have you noticed that the plastic pipes and joints underneath your kitchen sink are leaking? Fear not – these can usually be fixed without seeking professional guidance.

To fix leaking water pipe joints, you will have to remove and replace the affected water pipe. However, you can use silicone repair tape or repair epoxy for a temporary fix until you have time to fit new water pipes.

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Total Pipes is a leading supplier of water pipes and fittings – including blue and black PE pipes, Plasson fittings, Protectaline barrier pipes and fittings, and flange adaptors and couplers.

To complement our range of water pipes, we also provide an extensive range of water pipe tools and accessories. Everything from hand scrapers and welding wipes to marker tape, wrenches, silicone grease lubricants and more.

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To find out more about the products we stock online, or if you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch. Either call 01254 382 000 to speak with our team or email We will do everything we can to help.