Is your Radiator Leaking?
If you notice water on the floors near your central heating system, that’s a sure sign that your radiator is leaking. Do not ignore this! Leaks tend to become bigger, causing more leakage and water damage.
One of the biggest issues with standing water is that it can lead to mold and mildew within just a few hours. Another major issue is flooding, which poses risks to your belongings and your property.
Shut down the radiator valves right away.
Common Radiator Leaking Problems
The most common radiator leaking issues we see, is when the nut under the radiator valve springs a leak. Our technicians can easily fix it by nipping up the nut. You should not do it yourself. Overtightening, might damage the olive inside the nut. Breaking the olive inside the nut can cause you more damages and at that point you will need to call an emergency plumber to drain the system and fix the leak.
You are best not to play and touch your radiator valve. It's advised not to adjust on and off on radiator valve. Don’t play with it – it can break off and cause a flood.
The first step to take when you notice that your radiator leaking is to call Hoerner Heating & Plumbing. We will ensure to close the isolated shut off valve / thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) properly. This self-regulating valve controls the temperature in the rooms. It changes the flow of hot water to the radiator.
Fix a Radiator Leaking
Small mistakes can cause big mishaps, especially if you misdiagnose the cause of a leaking radiator. That’s why it’s never a good idea to try to fix it yourself, even if you’re a DIY expert.
Only professionally qualified plumbers should diagnose and fix leaks. After turning of the isolated shut off valve and the thermostatic radiator valve, he will leave it to cool. Once the pressure has been relieved, he will remove the radiator according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Then he will install a new valve.
Most radiator manufacturers recommend regular maintenance as an important step to preventing emergency radiator callouts.
- Are your rads leaking?
- Is your rad valve broken?
- Is the heat balanced throughout your home?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may need new rad valves.
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