A leak has the potential to be expensive, but there are five simple steps you can take to limit the financial and physical damage…

1.    Identify the source.

If the water is soapy or smelly, and is pooling near a drain or pipe, then a fitting may have become detached. Place buckets, trays and towels as necessary to reduce the water damage to whatever is below.

If the water is cold, it may be from the mains supply or storage tank; if the water is hot it is either leaking after running through the heating cylinder, or is from your combi boiler (if you have one).

2.    Turn off the mains stop cock.

Remember to turn Clockwise to Close! (These can often be difficult to turn but do not use a large spanner as damaging the valve will just add to your problems). Open the nearest cold tap; it should stop running within a few minutes. If it doesn’t, tighten the stop cock more.

3.      Turn off the boiler and/or water heater.

Open the hot taps letting any water from a loft tank drain out. Turn off the dishwasher and washing machine. If the water leak is coming from pipes or a water tank in the loft, make sure to open bath and basin cold taps to drain the whole system.

4.      Limit the damage.

Again, place buckets, trays and towels as necessary to reduce the water damage to whatever is below, removing wet loft insulation if the problem is in the attic.

5.      Call your favourite Glasgow Plumber…