The Plumber - Residential & Commercial Plumbing Services FAQ

The plumbing system is an indispensable part of your home. It ensures that the water gets to wherever it is required, dirty water is correctly directed and the water does not leak to the rest of the house.
Many homeowners know little to nothing about their home plumbing systems. They have many questions to ask about their plumbing including:

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Shutting off the water when you have a leak should be the first step. You should also find out where the leak is coming from and fix it immediately. Clean up the water as soon as you can. You should follow the drip to the source of the leak. If you cannot identify the source of the leak, you will need to call a plumber who can find it.

There is no one size fits all approach for preventing water damage on your property. You have to be constantly vigilant about looking for signs of water damage. Inspect areas that are in constant contact with water or have a great chance of water damage. Fixing leaks and burst water pipes as soon as possible is the best way to avoid water damage.

The first thing you should do is to stop the rushing water. Use towels and strong fabric to do so. You should then press the flapper valve inside the toilet to release the water, lift the float and stop the tank from filling. Allow the water in the bowl to return to normal. If it still overflows, hold the float and shut the water supply. Contact for plumbing repair services if the overflow does not stop.

Nine out of ten times, a bad grout or shower pan is the cause of leaking in the shower or bathroom. First, determine if the leaking is an irregular spout or a constant stream of flowing water. If it is constant, chances are that it is from the pressurized pipes. If the leak is periodic, you will have to conduct several tests to confirm it. A visual inspection will confirm if the grout is damaged. However, plumbing repair is necessary for a more comprehensive inspection.

There are many reasons why you may have a clogged pipe in your home. Clogged pipes will also affect different parts of your home. The location of the clogged pipe will often influence the course of action you should take. If you clog the toilet, a plunger will often do a great job.

In the kitchen, pouring hot water or Draino may solve a clogged pipe which is often caused by solidified fat. Bathroom pipes may be clogged by hair which can be addressed in the same way as the kitchen sink.

For clogging of larger pipes, a plumber’s snake or a plunger may not be enough. You will need to use Draino but the amount will matter significantly as too much will damage your pipes.

For most plumbers, copper pipes have an advantage over plastic water pipes. Plastic is not only hard to repair but also hard to maintain.

Copper on the other hand is strong and quick to solder for repairs. You can also make metal connections to a copper pipe as when plastic is melted to metal, the connection tends to be weak.

There are several main situations that should necessitate an inspection for plumbing repairs. One of them is when your water bills get too high with no substantial increase in water usage.

Another situation when you should get your plumbing repaired is when you have frequent water pressure drops in your property. The same goes for when your water heater is not working as expected.

If your grass or a portion of your property appears greener than the rest, you should check the plumbing. It is an indication of leaking on your property.

If you have stains and damp areas on the ceilings and walls, you can have a leak in the roof or walls. Leaks and cracks only lead to bigger leaks and cracks which means you need plumbing services.