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Repairing a leaky pipe – When To Call A Pro

There is going to be one time in your life that you will need to either call a plumber to fix that leaky pipe or repair the leaking plumbing pipe yourself but before you do there is some information you should know before you attempt that plumbing repair.

Depending on what type of pipe is leaking will depend on what types of tools and fittings you will need to do the plumbing repair. Another thing to consider is the place that the pipe is in, the harder it is to reach or access the harder it will be to repair the pipe.

The most common types of plumbing found in households are PVC, steel, cast iron, and copper. Usually, copper pipe and PVC pipe can be repaired by the homeowner if the leak is small enough, and most hardware stores or home improvement stores will have plumbing supplies Toronto you need to get the job done.

If the pipe is leaking is steel, lead ( Lead bend ) or cast iron you will want to call your local plumber because these types of repairs will require expensive plumbing tools and expert professional knowledge to do the job properly.

– Burst Pipes: Most people have experienced burst pipes at some point in their lives, especially around the holidays when there’s a lot of cooking going on. Usually, water pressure builds up under the street and pushes against old pipes until they burst open and begin leaking everywhere. Be sure to turn off the main valve quickly so that the pipe doesn’t continue to spray all over your house; however, don’t try to fix any leaks before calling a professional.

-Leaky faucet: This is the most basic leak that usually does not require a plumber. Simply turn off the water to your sink or tub and remove the faucet handle to expose the stem. There will be a screw you can tighten around that stem, which should stop any more leaks.

-Slow Drain: This is a problem caused by a clog somewhere between your drainpipe in your house and where it meets the city sewer line. It’s best to use baking soda or vinegar down there if you have an emergency drain backup; however, if this doesn’t work, try pouring boiling water down there (from a pot on your stove). When you do this, be sure to turn off the water first.

-Clogged Toilet: A regular plunger usually does the trick, but if you have a slow toilet or one that won’t flush at all, use a plumbing snake to free up the pipes.

If things don’t improve with any of these fixes, call your plumber first thing in the morning for help.

You can prevent plumbing problems by having annual plumbing maintenance performed on your home; however, seldom is plumbing something you will need only once a year. Just make sure that when plumbing is done on your home or business, it’s done right!

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