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DIY: How To Stop Radiator Leaks

  • January 15, 2015
  • By Grace
DIY: How To Stop Radiator Leaks

Radiator leaks can eventually cause a lot of damage in your home. You should figure out if the radiator leaks can be fixed as soon as possible. Your chances of fixing the radiators without replacing them depend on a few factors. How big is the leak? If your leak is a massive failure from a major freeze, your chances of fixing that radiator are slim. Smaller holes are easier to fix. How many leaks are there? Consider these steps to stop radiator leaks on your own in your home.


Drain the Radiator

The first step involves draining all the liquid from the radiator. You must also remove all of the primer, paint, and other substances from the area around the leak. You must then clean the radiator. Use a cleaner that doesn’t have petroleum in it. Use lacquer thinner or acetone to cleanse the radiator of all oils, greases, and dirt. You must then find a substance that will harden on the outside of the leak to prevent it from allowing water to escape. Mix the compound and apply a layer of it to the leak. Don’t put it on too thick. Let it dry for at least one full day.

Assess the Valve

If there are no holes in the radiator, then perhaps the valve is causing the leak. You need to make sure the radiator valve is tight enough. There may also be a corroded washer that holds the valve in place. You can pick up a new washer at any type of hardware store. Valve leaks are quite common. Perhaps you should even check the valve first before you see if there are any holes in the radiator itself.

Check the Water in the System

If your sensors in your system allow too much water in, then you could be facing the cause of the leak. You don’t want to have too much hot water going through your radiators. You can test the sensor yourself, but you may need professional help to actually fix this issue. Radiators can be tricky.

A leaking radiator can be an emergency if there is too much water coming out. Find the problem as soon as you can to avoid floor and ceiling damage. If you live in a second floor apartment, the person who lives under you might also suffer from your bad radiator. Never hesitate to consult the electric heating expert for more information on radiators for your home.

By Grace, January 15, 2015
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