Do It Yourself Plumbing Repairs

by Editor on May 14, 2013

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There are a range of plumbing issues that can happen with a property and many of the problems can be fixed by the homeowner or tenant themselves. This helps to drastically save on the expenses of having to call a plumber to come out to service the property. This article will detail three basic plumbing issues and some techniques used to help repair them.

Water Leaks

Water leaks can occur throughout many of the different pipelines of a home; this could occur in the bathroom, the kitchen, beneath basement washroom sinks, and even in the appliance room of a home.

When these leaks occur, it is of the utmost important to immediately shut off the water supply to the home. Without the water shut off, more water will continue through the lines and will make it impossible to repair the situation.

For those pipes that have split cracks throughout them and have caused fissures to appear, they will need to be replaced; otherwise the fissures will continue to increase in size until they pipeline bursts.

A burst plumbing line can cause the most damage of all due to flooding the home. This makes it essential for an individual to immediately service a pipeline that has sustained a water leak.

Repairing & Replacing Waterlines

The process of repairing a leaky pipeline is not necessarily the hardest task to perform; although, it does require that the person pays attention to what they’re doing and the proper materials must also be used. When going to replace a pipeline, the individual must replace the pipeline with the matching pipeline material, or something more durable.

A downgrade in the piping material should never be done. Also, replacing and/or repairing pipelines should only be done for the lines within one’s home; city sewer lines or other municipal lines should not ever be serviced or maintenanced by a homeowner. Not only is this is illegal, the city has specific regulations for their water lines that they adhere to.

Once the individual has found the replacement pipeline they require, they may then go ahead and turn the water valves off at the water mainline where the water enters the home; also, there could be other water valves through the home that might need to be turned off. i.e. behind toilets, underneath sinks, or other areas.

After the water has been turned off, the pipeline may be removed. Next, the person can apply a pipe sealant to both ends of the replacement pipe and secure it into place. Clamps might need to be applied to both ends of the replacement pipe to assist in holding pressure to allow the pipeline sealant to dry. After drying, the water may be turned back on.

Clogged Drain & Pipelines

As for a clogged drain and pipelines throughout the home including sinks, toilets and tubs, the best course of action is a simple plunger. The force of water against a clog is usually enough to remove it. However, a drain cleaner might sometimes also be necessary and should be used as directed. For more serious clogged drains and pipelines, the individual should consult with a professional plumbing company to service the issue for them.

About the Author

Tim Chaney is a guest blogger.  He has used Cals Plumbing, a Tucson plumber for replacing toilets and clearing water lines at his place of business.

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