Have you lately come home to find a wet carpet or damp patches beneath a radiator?

If so, you aren’t alone. In this guide, we have compiled ways in which you can fix your radiator at home by first identifying its problem.

But first, let’s see how a leaking radiator can be dangerous and potentially hazardous – but there could be more leaks to find on your heating system.

Is a leaking radiator dangerous?

If you have a leaking radiator, you should get it fixed as soon as it starts leaking since things can easily get worse. A leaking radiator can cause a lot of harm to furnishings and floors in your home. So a radiator leak should not be left to continue un-repaired for a long time.

A leaking radiator can also cause your central heating to stop working due to loss of boiler pressure – leaving your home cold this winter. The list of Central Heating problems does not stop there, here is a comprehensive list of heating problems and solutions.

How to stop a radiator leak at home?

The first thing you need to do before you try fixing a leaking radiator is to identify where the leak is coming from. Do NOT use leak sealer!

There are two most common places that a radiator might be leaking from, that is; the radiator valves and the radiator body. Other parts that can cause a radiator leakage include a radiator spindle, a radiator gland or a radiator pipe joint.

Some radiator leaks can be repaired at home while some may need a professional to come and fix them while others go as far as needing a radiator replacement. After identifying where the leak maybe coming from now, it’s time to try and fix it.

Can you turn off a radiator?

Radiators can be turned off if you want to cool off the air or you need to do maintenance work on the radiator. Radiators are just simple to turn off. It does not matter the type of radiator you own, with only a few and simple tools you can keep the radiator in your space from running. Listed are some of the ways on how you can turn off your radiator.

What do the two valves on a radiator do?

No matter the type of the radiator that is in your home, each radiator has two valves. These two radiator valves act like two taps that enable you to control the amount of heat that is emitted. The first valve controls the amount of hot water that is pushed to the radiator. The second valve that is known as lockshield valve is used to control the amount of heat the radiator passes into the air. Both of these valves are very crucial to all radiators.

If your central heating system is leaking then call ADI today on 0800 731 343 – We look forward to helping you.