If you're a homeowner, it may appear that everything around the house requires maintenance. While this is generally true, we occasionally wait for things to fail before undertaking necessary maintenance.
Take, for example, home radiators. Consider this. When was the last time you had it serviced for preventive maintenance?
We thought it would be a good idea to put together suggestions on how to prevent and fix the common causes of radiator leaks after suffering from what seemed like an endless winter.
What Causes Radiator Leaks in the Home?
We decided to start here because most owners are unaware that even the most basic chemical reaction can create rust and leaks in your heating unit. Typically caused by untreated sludge in home radiators—if left untreated, it can form microscopic holes in your unit, causing leaks.
Water and steel will always react. So, unless you're seeking to replace your home radiator, inspect it and remove any mud-textured stuff that could cause the radiator to cease working properly.
How Can I Avoid Rusting?
If your system is still under warranty, make sure the plumber washed away any debris before installing your unit. Any garbage that recycles itself through your system increases the likelihood of corrosion.
However, if your system is free of dirt, we recommend using a corrosion inhibitor. Because this offers an extra layer of protection to your unit, it slows the corrosion process and increases its longevity.
What if my unit has already begun to leak?
Simply because your radiator is leaking does not necessitate buying a new unit. Radiator leakage, contrary to popular assumption, does not necessarily result in exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses.
If you have a dripping radiator, follow these steps:
1. Determine the source of the water. Dry out the radiator completely and determine the cause of the leak.
2. If the leak is originating from one of the valves, you should contact a plumber. Take a wrench and completely close the radiator valve. This should stop the leak when your plumber arrives at your house.
3. A leak can occur at the junction of a pipe and one of the valves. Tighten the loose bolts yourself before making a house call. This could be the solution to your problem.
4. However, if your leak is originating from your electric radiator, this indicates that your radiator needs to be changed right away.
Replacing your radiator is never fun, and the costs may add up quickly. So, if you haven't completed a basic system maintenance check, we strongly advise you to do so before it's too late. Don't wait until your home radiator breaks to perform routine maintenance and drain cleaning.
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