Useful Plumbing Repairs Tips
Plumbing problems usually tend to happen in the worst of times, as you are relaxing on the couch after a long day at work or when you are about to receive people over for dinner. For this reason we have laid out some useful tips to help you conquer those last minute plumbing repairs:
You might not be able to recognize if your pipes are working well, but you sure can identify when something is not right. For this reason it’s very important to check all visible pipes in your home to be aware of their position and be able to check anything unusual. This is something homeowners tend to leave aside, only becoming aware of their existence when something gets damaged. You can easily check pipes with the help of a plumber. Often you will have no idea what you are looking for, so having the expert eye of a qualified plumber spot for rust, drops of water or bulges, will make this task far easier for you.
Be money wise
Many times when something doesn’t work we think we need to get a complete new fixture. In many cases this is not necessary. Before you decide to self diagnose the problem and rush out to purchase what you think may solve the issue, check with your plumber. Often things can be solved as easily as changing a washer (which is cheaper than getting a new fixture).
Be conscious of leaking water heaters
The most common problem with water heaters is for the lining to wear away resulting in water leaking from the base. For a quick fix you can place a catchment pan (a simple bowl or tray will suffice) to capture dripping water and prevent puddle and leak damage to your home. However, this is only a temporary solution. If you see a lot of water dripping contact your plumber (with the model number on hand) to find out if they can help you solve the problem. At the end of the day make sure you get a qualified plumber to help you replace and install your new water heater.
It’s very annoying when the tap starts leaking; sometimes it’s just a matter of checking the back side where it connects to the wall by taking apart the drain work. You can try tightening it with your hands, if it continues to leak use a wrench or call a plumber to help you out.
Check your sink
It’s always a great idea to check once in a while under your kitchen sink for any drips. This can help you avoid any future disappointment. The sooner you spot any leak the easier it could be to fix it.
A faucet is a mechanical thing that can sooner or later start to leak. There are people who prefer to keep the faucet they have but there comes a point when it’s so old and corroded that getting the spare parts for it becomes impossible. In many cases it’s just worth the money and time to get a new one.
If you need some advice or have any other questions on plumbing get hold us at any time at Art Plumbing & Air Conditioning.