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What to Do When You Have a Leak

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Leaking pipes, faucets, and fixtures waste water, resulting in higher bills, and water leaks can damage your home. It makes sense to call a plumber to fix a leak as soon as you notice it, but do you know what to do while you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive? Knowing how to turn off your water supply could save you hundreds of dollars.

Fast Leaks

A burst water pipe, dripping water heater, or other fast leak in your home requires immediate attention before the water damage becomes serious. If you have a leak that’s quickly creating a pool of water, turn off the water supply, call a plumber, and clean up the leaked water while waiting for him to arrive.

How to Turn Off Your Water Supply

To control a leak, close the valve closest to the leak to turn off the water supply, or turn off the main supply to the house. The system of water pipes in your home includes valves that you can close to prevent water from flowing through that part of the system. A water pipe valve could be a lever, spigot, knob, or nut. To close a valve, turn it clockwise.

When you notice the leak, follow the leaking pipe to the nearest valve and close it. Valves are usually located under sinks and behind fixtures. If your water heater, washing machine, or another powered fixture is leaking, turn off the electricity or gas before closing the valve.

If you can’t find the valve in the nearest water pipe, close the main valve that controls your home’s water supply. Your main valve is located indoors at ground level near the point where the main pipe enters the house from the street. If you’re looking in the basement, look at eye level.

Can’t find the main indoor valve? The outdoor supply valve is your last resort, and you might need special tools to close this. Somewhere on or between the sidewalk and your house is a round, square or rectangular iron lid set into the ground. Remove the lid, and close the valve on the side nearest your house.

Slow Leaks

Slow leaks like dripping faucets and leaking toilets might not be emergencies, but they’re just as important to fix. A dripping faucet can waste as much as 1,000 gallons of water per year, and leaks under a slab or toilet damage your property over time, which requires expensive repairs. Signs of a slow leak include damp floors and walls, warm spots from leaking hot water pipes, and unusually high utility bills.

When you have a leak it can feel like a crisis, but if you can turn off your water supply, all you need to do then is to relax and wait for your plumber to arrive.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

Top 10 Common Plumbing Problems

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Good plumbing is easy to take for granted, but when something goes wrong, you soon know about it. It could be your drains are clogged, the HVAC has stopped working, or your shower is leaking. And when it needs fixing, it usually needs fixing now. Some plumbing problems are more serious than others, but all are worth your immediate attention for your peace of mind and your budget.

Common Plumbing Problems
Consumer Checkbook gives a breakdown on the most common problems you are likely to encounter with home plumbing.

  1. Water hammer: an annoying banging from your pipes, which is caused by the water flow suddenly stopping and the water crashing into a valve. Other causes of noisy pipes are normal water flow, fixings coming loose, and temperature changes. If you’re worried, a plumber can usually locate the cause.
  2. Clogs and blockages: drainpipes must slope slightly to help rainwater flow quickly and wash away debris. If the slope is too flat, clogs can occur. Blocked sinks, basins, showers, tubs, and toilets usually result when inappropriate material is deposited in them.
  3. Leaks: toilet, sink, and other fixture water traps and pipes may leak due to age or because they were not properly tightened.

Hidden Dangers
You may not notice certain dangerous problems with your plumbing. A professional can check your home to find out if it is at risk.

  1. Poor ventilation: water heaters and furnaces must have adequate ventilation to avoid dangerous gases building up in your home. Your family is at risk if a chimney or vent is clogged or doesn’t have a strong draft, and if the room that contains the heater or furnace has little or no ventilation.
  2. No grounding: replacing steel water pipes with plastic ones removes the electrical grounding a home. If there is an electrical fault or your house is hit by lightning, the electricity has nowhere to go, leaving your family in danger of electrocution.
  3. No fire shield: when a water heater flue has no fire-resistant shield, any nearby combustible material can catch fire.
  4. Poor seals: several pipes leave your house through the outer walls, and if the holes aren’t properly sealed, rain and moisture can leak inside and cause damp and mold.

Avoiding Plumbing Issues
Popular Mechanics explains how to avoid or fix simple plumbing errors.

  1. Retained disposal plug: after fitting a garbage disposal, remove the disposal plug if the unit is connected to a dishwasher, or water will leak everywhere.
  2. Construction materials: don’t pour materials left over from your construction project down the sink. The materials can harden and clog the pipes.
  3. Incorrect appliance use: don’t hang heavy racks from your shower fitting or heavily crank faucet handles. Also, don’t turn on a new water heater until it is full.

Plumbing problems are annoying at best, but at worst they can be dangerous. Treat your appliances kindly to get the best use from them and if you are concerned about your plumbing, book a professional inspection.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.