HVAC 911 - heating and air conditioning emergency service and residential maintenance and repairs - Boiler Repair
06 Feb

Stop a leaky boiler from flooding your house

Whether a small drip or a steady stream, the potential water damage caused by a leaky boiler can quickly turn into a homeowner’s nightmare.

Promptly addressing such an issue is crucial to ensuring your home’s heating system is operating efficiently and preventing further property damage.

Let the contractors affiliated with HVAC 911 show you precisely what to do at the first signs of a leaky boiler in order to avoid costly repairs and cleanup. 

Identify the source

The first step is to quickly identify the source of the leak, which can develop in the boiler tank itself or in various components attached to it. 

Inspect the area around the boiler for signs of water pooling or dripping, and check the pressure relief valve and any visible pipes or fittings for signs of leaks.

Relieve the pressure

If the pressure relief valve is the source of the leak, it may indicate that the pressure inside the boiler is too high to function correctly. 

The valve is designed to release excess pressure, so lifting and releasing the valve lever may help reset it and stop the leak in some cases. If leakage persists, the need for replacement is likely. 

Turn off supply

If the amount of leaking water is overwhelming and a quick fix is not possible, the most important thing to do in an emergency is to cut off the supply by locating the main water shutoff inside your home. 

The main shutoff is likely found either in the basement or outside on an exterior wall or underground box with a removable lid. Older homes generally have a gate valve that needs to be rotated a number of times to turn completely off, while newer homes have a ball valve that requires the lever to be pulled to the off position. 

Mitigate the damage

There are gallons of water that may still leak out of the compromised section of the boiler system even after the water supply is turned off, so it is of utmost importance to contain the water as much as possible. 

Place a bucket, pot or similar receptacle underneath the identified leak to prevent further flow onto your floors and property while you contact a professional for service. 

HVAC 911 can help with boiler maintenance and repair

Dealing with a leaky boiler can be stressful for any homeowner, but with the proper knowledge and approach, you can address the issue quickly and effectively to restore your home back to normal.

Regular maintenance and vigilant observation are key to ensuring the safety and security of your property, and HVAC 911 is here to help before and after any issues arise. 

Our contractor referral service will connect you with fully insured, bonded and licensed contractors who employ highly skilled and highly trained technicians you can trust to get the job done. 

They are capable of helping you with any of your heating and air conditioning needs, whether it is repairing an existing problem like a leaky boiler or replacing a unit altogether. Contact a professional affiliated with HVAC 911 today