Residential Plumbing Repairs
What should I do when I pipe bursts in my home?
A pipe burst is a very serious issue and you will need to act quickly in these situations. Turn off the water supply to your home via the main valve and then inspect the area where the burst occurred. You should also turn off the electricity in the affected area of your home and take a photograph of the damage so that you can send the images to a professional. If there are any items soaked in water, try to remove them and dry them off. Also, open your windows for ventilation. Next, you should remove as much water as you can. You can use a mop to soak up any standing water on your floor. You always want to try to stem any water damage to your home.
What are some warning signs that I need to fix my plumbing?
There are many indications that you are experiencing issues with your plumbing. You may notice that your monthly water bills are much higher than they normally are, or that the water pressure in your home is a lot lower. These typically indicate that there is either a leak in your water main (or it could be an area-wide problem). You may also notice that there excessively green grass in certain sections of your yard, which usually means that there is a leak in your sewer line. Other warning signs include the presence of nasty odors as well as stains and dampness in your ceilings and walls.
What are some DIY solutions that you recommend for minor plumbing issues?
If you are experiencing a plumbing leak, then there are several solutions you can employ in the meantime before hiring a professional to take care of it. You can always wrap duct tape or electrical tape around your pipe where the leak occurred. You can also use epoxy to seal off the leak, and a pipe clamp will get the job done for leaks that are a little more serious (with some of the more minor leaks, you will want to use a C-Clamp). With any kind of clamp, however, you want to be sure that it’s the correct size for the pipe. You will also need to wrap the leaky area with rubber padding.
Will a tankless water heater help me save money?
Tankless water heater will benefit you in the long run financially for several reasons. That’s because they are much more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters which store your hot water. With a tankless system, there is no hot water on standby; you get your hot water through a device that heats it on demand. You can potentially save up to 50% of the money that you would normally spend on your energy bills. Storing hot water for immediate use will end up costing you significantly over time.
Should I fix any plumbing problems by myself?
If you are not sure how to do diagnose the problem, or if you don’t possess the necessary tools to fix it, then you should call a professional plumber. That being said, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Do you have the proper equipment? Do you possess the skills and knowledge to perform the repair? Do you have the spare time to get the job done? Do you have enough money in your savings to pay for the repair if you get it wrong the first time? It’s very easy to turn a $300 repair into a $1000 expense if are not careful or unsure of what you are doing.
How do I unclog my drain?
Clogs are one of the more common problems that arise when it comes to residential plumbing. They often happen when you least expect them as well. A minor clog, however, is easily reparable. We recommend that you make use of some common household items to determine how significant the clog is. First, utilize your plunger; it can be an effective tool for removing small clogs. You can also use drain cleaners but we advise that you exercise extreme caution when doing so. Commercial cleaners tend to contain a lot of acid in them which can have a corrosive effect on your plumbing. You can also make use of an auger (drain snaking), but you will need to be gentle with it!
How do I prevent future clogs?
There are plenty of preventative actions you can take to ensure that you won’t encounter any future clogs in your plumbing. You want to avoid pouring grease and oil down your drain because they will coagulate and cling to the inside of your pipes. A drain strainer will also go a long way in preventing unwanted waste materials from entering your plumbing. Make sure you run water while you are using your garbage disposal to clear out the debris from inside your drain. You should also never flush anything down your toilet unless it’s toilet paper.
Why is my drinking water discolored?
There are several possibilities for discolored water. Galvanized plumbing is one of the more common culprits. It’s when pipes in an older home corrode over time and they will release rusty water into your home’s distribution system. With galvanized plumbing, the color of your water will typically be yellow or brownish. Another potential cause of discolored water is your water heater. Sediment can easily build up inside it over time, and if this happens, you will need to flush out your system. Discoloration can also indicate that you need to replace your water heater altogether.
Will I need to worry about hidden leaks?
Yes, hidden leaks are just as serious as a leak that you can detect. A hidden leak will get a lot worse over time if neglect to do anything about it, which is why you should hire a professional to inspect your plumbing. This way you can locate the leak and fix it accordingly. Eliminating hidden leaks will go a long way in reducing the risk of damage and prevent emergency situations.
How much water is wasted from a leaky faucet?
Those little tiny droplets may not seem like a lot of water. However, a simple math equation will put things into perspective. A gallon of water is comprised of around 15,000 droplets. If you have a faucet that’s leaking at least 10 droplets per minute, then that’s a total of 14,440 droplets in a day. That equals 347 gallons of wasted water in a year from a single faucet. If you want to measure how much water is leaking out of your faucet, just count the number of droplets that come out of it in a single minute and go from there.