Thursday, April 15, 2004
What Would You Do: Water Pipe Problems
Tonight, what would you do enters the world of home improvement. If you've ever had a pipe burst, you know it doesn't take much to turn your house into a marsh-land. But you can take precaution without calling a plumber. Here's 7's Charles Perez with more.
(WSVN) -- Water… we use it every day... to cook... to clean... to live.
But water can be one of the most destructive substances in your house.
"Sometimes you don't see where it's coming from."
You may not see where it's coming from, but a puddle like this is a pretty good indication you have a leak.
So what do you do?
To save yourself from a great big cleanup you better know how to shut off your water.
And guess what - you don't need to call a plumber to do it.
Shut off this valve. In the kitchen?
Everything from your shower to your toilet has a shut off valve right at the source.
Just remember - sinks have two valves - one for hot water and one for cold water.
"You shut both, because you don't know which one the water is coming from," says Raphael Diaz of Castallar Diaz.
If that doesn't work, try turning off the main valve outside the house.
If you don't know where it is ... go to your water meter.
"Most of the time, they come on the sidewalk."
Then most definitely, call a plumber... Because we all know what happens when we try to fix it ourselves.
"Should I try to fix this myself?" asks Charles.
"Nope. No. Sometimes it's easy, but sometimes you make it worse," says Raphael.
You can however prevent a water worry...
Raphael says you should occasionally shut off all the faucets in your home … then check to see the meter.
If it's moving - that's an indication you have a hidden leak in your walls.
"It's better to fix it before it gets worse," Raphael says.
And fix it before there is major damage to your home.
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