The last thing anyone wants is a leaking boiler. Then can pose quite a few problems and can even lead to much more dangerous problems, unfortunately, like most boiler faults a leaking boiler is most common during the winter months as the cold weather often takes its toll on boilers.
Are Leaking Boilers Dangerous?
For the most part a leaking boiler isn’t dangerous, however there are risks to consider such as electrocution however most boilers have safety features for this sort of situation.
Although a leaking boiler doesn’t pose any immediate risks it doesn’t mean that the problem should be ignored, not only can it lead to further problems with the boiler, but any sort of leak can lead to significant damage to your property and also any adjoining neighbours!
It is never recommended that you try and fix a leaking boiler yourself as this can lead to further problems being created, instead you should call out a gas safe registered engineer to come and make the necessary repairs to your boiler.
One thing that you can do to help the situation is shut of the hot and cold water supply while you wait for the engineer, this will help reduce any damage caused by the leak.
Why Do Boilers Leak?
- Pressure Issues
- Wear and Tear
- Loose Joints
- Damaged Boiler Seals
How To Prevent Boiler Leaks?
Aside from not using the boiler, which is a really impractical as a boiler is a vital appliance in most homes, the best thing you can do to prevent boiler leaks it to have your boiler serviced regular. Call a gas safe registered engineer to come out at least once a year to give your boiler a full service, this will highlight any issues your boiler might be having allowing the problems to be solved before they get much worse.
How To Fix A Leaking Boiler
- Call a Plumber – Call out a gas safe registered engineer to come and fix your leaking boiler. They will diagnose the cause and make necessary repairs. There are a few things you can be doing while you wait for the plumber to arrive.
- Turn off water supply – This will stop the water leaking from the boiler causing any more damage to your property.
- Turn heating off – It is best to not have the boiler in use when it is getting repaired like with any other appliance.
- Drain the system – This can be done by turning on the taps and flushing toilets, it just helps get any remaining water out of the system faster.
- Mop Up – If your boiler has made a puddle it is worth cleaning it up, this will limit any water damage and also make it easier for the plumber to work.