How to fix pipe leaks explained in an easy way

Leaking pipes

Similar to dealing with a burst pipe, there are several things you can do to prevent serious damage to your home following a leaking pipe.

Most common in the cold winter months, as soon as you discover a leak you should:


  • Turn off your water supply


Switch off the water supply by turning off the internal stop tap, and if you have a cold water tank, the stopcock too.


  • Switch off your heating


Make sure that your central heating system is switched off at the boiler.


  • Drain your system


To clear the water that’s still inside your system, turn on your taps and flush your toilets.


  • Avoid electrical fittings


As a precaution you should avoid touching any electrical fittings and sockets near the site of the leak.


  • Collect the water


Keep internal damage to a minimum by collecting as much dripping water as possible. Whether you lay sheets and towels or fill up buckets avoid standing directly beneath any leaks that cause the plaster in your ceiling to bulge.


  • Check your insurance policy 


With certain home insurance policies leaking and/ or burst pipes may be covered. Check to see if the cost of repairs is covered in your policy.


  • Repair the leak


If you’re not confident with DIY contact your local plumbing engineer who’ll repair the leak for you.

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