WHEN TO CALL THE PLUMBING PROFESSIONALS?
As a homeowner, there are many times when faced with having to put on your handyman hat and fix small plumbing problems. Most of these can be handled successfully and won’t need the help of a professional. There are, however, some jobs that require the skills and knowledge of a trained technician. These jobs are important to be able to identify quickly. After reading this, yo should be capable of better identifying an easy DIY task from a task requiring a quick call to your local plumbing professionals.
PLUMBING QUICK FIXES
The best way to know if your plumbing system is continually in good working condition is to talk to your local Newark plumbing service about routinely scheduling an annual plumbing safety inspection. During the appointment, a professional can make the necessary adjustments and catch small problems before they become urgent expensive repairs. The easiest and probably most common problems that occur in any plumbing system are leaks. These could generally be fixed with minimal experience and the advice of a friend. You want to make sure to identify where the leak is coming from and whether you can fix it. To temporarily fix a pipe leak, you can find pipe clamps to seal a hole in the wall of a water pipe, a push on coupler to replace a section of a split copper pipe or in some instances, pipe wrap material. All of these are usually available at a local hardware store. If you can’t locate the leak, see multiple leaks, or if it begins to cause damage to the surrounding area, this is a sign to call for an emergency plumbing service. Shut off the water supply and keep the affected area dry with towels until the professionals arrive.
Replacing basic parts of your plumbing system can be as simple as bringing the piece to the hardware store and finding a similar fit. Any knobs, handles, clamps, or small pieces can be easily replaced. The replacement of actual plumbing pipes can be a different story. This is a much more complicated job and having a plumbing technician’s training and experience at your service can save you from big hassles and lots of frustration. The deciding factor in these types of repairs are the complexity of the piece needing replacement and your comfortability with the job. Calling a professional technician will ensure that the replacement is properly installed and completed with a seal of warranty on the workmanship.
Looking at renovating your bathroom? Every once in a while all homeowners get the urge to update or add new plumbing fixtures. It is important to know that, in order to do these renovations, there are generally permits required. Plumbing professional are licensed and are familiar with the process of acquiring the applicable permits and scheduling of local officials for inspections. With one plumbing renovation call you could be well on your way to that beautiful new bathroom that you envisioned. Renovations should not be handled by your average do-it-yourself home owner and should be handled by the professionals.
There are many plumbing projects that home owners can tackle themselves and save a little money. To review, simple repairs such as leaky sinks or dripping pipes can easily be fixed. If water damage begins to occur you need to make sure to call for emergency plumbing service. Replacement of small fixtures, handles, knobs, etc… may not require the help of a professional plumbing technician, but any replacement of pipes in your plumbing system should involve a plumbing service. Renovations can be tricky because they sometimes require permits and other documentation to be approved, so in this case it is often easier to call and have a plumbing technician come in and have a look at the renovation you have in mind.
Leaks – they’re more than just irritating depending on the situation, an innocent looking leak can be wasting three to 15 gallons of water every day. A leaking pipe hidden behind a wall can leak undetected for months providing a breeding ground for dangerous molds and mildew buildup.
Leaks in walls are especially difficult to detect. Toilet leak will persist for months before it’s discovered. Your best bet is to keep a close eye on your water bills and note any unusual spike in usage.
It is important to fix a leaky faucet whether it’s in a sink, shower, tub or an outside hose connection. Pipe leaks will need immediate repair. But here’s a temporary measures you can use until we arrive-
First, shut off the main water supply to the house. Then, find the lowest faucet in the house and open it to drain out the piping. Just be sure to give us a call 740-964-2691 as soon as possible to schedule a permanent repair.
Leaky faucets can be repaired in most cases by taking a few steps- identification, preparation and execution. So beginning at the first step identification look for markings on the faucet. The common place for these markings are on handles, faucet body, escutcheon plate, pop-up drain and check for a tag attached to the supply tube on newer products. In some cases all that can be learned is the brand logo. The manufacturer can help in identifying the model of faucet your repairing and provide repair part numbers. Have this information ready when contacting the manufacture customer service department. Use your smart phone and take a few photos from different angels of the faucet ( you may be asked to text a pic of the faucet). Know the approximate age of the house or if the faucet is not the original – how old is it? They will also ask the location, use, how many handles, and are you the original owner. Original owners may qualify to receive replacement parts free- Once you have all the information make the call. Here are a few common brands.
Moen 1-800-289-6636 `Delta 1-800-345-3358 Kohler 1-800-456-4537 Prise Pfister 1-800-732-8238
We regularly contact manufacturer for assistance in identifying product when ordering parts with success. I’m sure you can have the same outcome. Request a parts explosion and instruction sheet when ordering parts. These instructions will be a good reference while making repairs.
Need further assistance? contact us at 740-964-2691