Tips on Dealing With Leaky Copper Pipes Behind Walls
A leaking copper pipe that is located behind a wall is a serious problem. This is especially true considering that water spraying or dripping on the internal components of a wall can result in serious and extensive damage. Keep in mind that the first step in repairing a leak is identifying the leak in the first place. One way to do this is to simply run your hand over the wall or over the floor anytime moisture is detected. Pushing on the wall or floor looking for sponginess or weakened drywall as well as black mold could be a clear sign that a leak has been ongoing.
Break Away Part of The Wall To Isolate The Leak
Next it is important to locate any visible pipes in and around the leak. This will help you to isolate the leak and give you a better idea of what’s involved with a repair. In most cases you will have to break away part of the wall to isolate the leak and to do the repair work. If this type of work is beyond your level of capabilities it is best to call in a professional and highly skilled plumber.
Turn Off The Electrical Breakers Controlling any Electrical Fixtures
If you do decide to do the work on your own and plan on removing a portion of wall you will need a drywall saw, flashlight, mirror and the stud finder. And always remember any wall that is broken away will eventually have to be patched and repaired. One added note that should be considered is that it is always important to turn off the electrical breakers controlling any electrical fixtures that intersect with the area where the leak has occurred. Everyone knows electricity and water should never meet. Contact Cardinal Plumbing & Leak Detection for Houston plumber that gets results.