Plumbing Repair and Installation Services

Toilet cutaway diagramWith your plumbing system, it is important to be always watching for leaks, and to fix them right away so that they don’t get worse and cause water damage in your home.

When a pipe breaks or when you want to work on your plumbing, you will need to turn off the water supply. Water can be shut off just for a toilet or sink by turning off its own valve, usually located just under the toilet or sink. To shut off all the water in the house, turn off the main water valve. The main shut off valve could be located next to your water meter; it is important that you know where it is located so as to avoid major damage during a plumbing emergency.

 

Checklist for Plumbing:

CLOGGED DRAINS. Grease, coffee grounds, hair and other substances can clog drains. It’s best to try to keep these substances from entering the drain. For example, use a drain stopper and put grease in an empty tin can. A slow-acting drain is an indication of a partial blockage and should be cleared with a plunger before it becomes totally clogged. If your drain does completely clog, remove the drain stopper and clean out anything that may be blocking the pipe. If this doesn’t work, try a plunger, plunging at least ten times, or try using a plumber’s snake. You could also try a commercial drain cleaner, following the instructions carefully.

TOILET RUN-ON. Take the top off the toilet’s tank. If the water runs but the tank doesn’t fill, check the rubber cone that covers the tank’s drain. If it is soft or out of shape, it needs to be replaced. If the tank fills but the water still runs on, check to see if the float ball and its trip lever has risen or if the chain attached to the ball float is snagged. The float ball may have a leak and be filling with water; it will need to be replaced. The trip lever may be corroded or loose. It can be cleaned with steel wool or tightened with a screw driver.

Faucet assembly diagramFAUCETS. Faucets leak for different reasons. If water leaks from around the stem of the faucet below the handle, the faucet may simply need to be tightened. Check for loose parts, then wrap a cloth around the packing nut to protect its finish and then tighten with a wrench. If this doesn’t work, the internal parts of the faucet may need repair or replacement. Frequently, in old faucets the washer simply needs to be replaced; in new faucets it’s the cartridge that needs replacement. If water is not flowing freely from your faucet, try screwing off the strainer at the tip of the faucet and cleaning it.

SHOWERS AND TUBS. A major threat to walls and floors is moisture from your shower or tub. All joints which join the shower or tub to the walls and floor, such as the joint around the drain and those around tiles, need to be checked frequently and kept in good repair by caulking.
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