A leaking boiler is the last thing that anyone wants. It poses quite a few problems, some of which can lead to much more dangerous problems leading to more extensive and expensive boiler repairs, most boiler faults tend to happen during the winter months however they can strike at anytime so its always best to be prepared.
Are Boiler Leaks Dangerous?
Most boiler leaks don’t pose any danger, however there are risks involved such as electrocution and water damage.
Although there are no immediate risks posed with a leaking boiler, there are other risk you need to consider, firstly there is bound to be water damage, if left this can become quite extensive and costly to repair, and if you have an adjoining property, it could cause damage to their house too!
You should never try and repair a leaking boiler yourself as this can just lead to greater problems, instead call out your local gas safe registered engineer to make any necessary repairs to your boiler.
The best thing you can do if you have a leaking boiler is to swich off the hot and cold water supply to your property while you wait for your local gas safe registered engineer to arrive to make the boiler repairs. This will help towards preventing or lessening any water damage caused by the leak.
Why Do Boilers Leak?
- Wear and Tear
- Loose Joints
- Pressure Issues
- Damaged Seals
How to prevent Boiler Leaks?
The best way to prevent leaks and other issues with your boiler is to have a gas safe registered engineer come and service your boiler annually. This will pick up on any small faults that can be repaired before something more serious goes wrong.
How To Fix A Leaking Boiler?
- Call out a gas safe registered plumber to come and fix the boiler.
- Switch off the water supply to the property to prevent water damage.
- Turn heating off as it is best not to have the boiler in use whilst it is getting repaired.
- Drain the system by turning an all taps and flushing the toilets.
- Mop up and water that has leaked out of the boiler to avoid extensive water damage.