Anywhere in your home where there is water, there is the potential for damage and your radiator is no different. Many people wait until there is already damage before calling someone out to fix it. While the phrase “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” applies to many things in life, when it comes to your radiator, prevention is vital. By preventing damage to your radiator before it happens, you can save tons of money and hassle.

Radiators, as they contain water, are at risk of corrosion if not adequately maintained. Help protect your radiator from corrosion with these tips.

Why do radiators leak?

Before you can work to protect your radiator from corrosion, you first need to understand why radiators leak in the first place. The leaks are what will cause the radiator to corrode. A layer of sludge can start to buildup on the interior of your radiator over time. There is also debris that can collect from your water. The sludge and debris are due to a chemical reaction between the water, and the steel or aluminium.

The sludge will prevent your radiator from functioning effectively and will begin to cause small holes if not cleaned. If your radiator has gotten to this stage, it may be time to purchase a new one from, but if it’s not yet leaking, you might still be able to save it.

How to prevent your radiator from corroding

Getting rid of the buildup and debris in your radiator is the best way you can prevent leaks, and thus prevent corrosion. The best way to clean it out is by flushing the whole system, which will help to dislodge any buildup and get rid of that debris. You can then use a corrosion inhibitor which will add an extra layer of protection to your radiator and help it last longer.

Do you have to replace a leaking radiator?

If your radiator is already leaking, the best thing you can do is replace it. That said, depending on where the leak is coming from, you may be able to fix it. If you have an electric radiator that is leaking, then you’ll need to replace it, but if you’re using a conventional radiator here is how you can stop the leaks.

First, you need to find out where the leak is coming from. To do so, you need to dry up your radiator completely, so you can watch it and see where the holes are. If you notice that the leak is coming from the valves, then you’ll need to call out a plumber to help you fix it. Shut off the radiator valve to prevent any additional leaks until the plumber arrives.

If the radiator isn’t leaking from the valves but is instead leaking from where the pipe and valve meet than it could just be a loose bolt. Try tightening the bolts yourself to see if that stops the leak. If your radiator has already been leaking, then there is still a chance it will develop corrosion, but at least you will buy yourself some time. 

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