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Any idea why this flange could be leaking?

Posted in Plumbing on 16th January 2018
Any idea why this flange could be leaking? /u/biggerwanker

How to Find and Stop Leaking Water Pipes

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 28th May 2017
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How to Find and Stop Leaking Water Pipes

We all know that water is an inevitable part of our life. But we lost gallon of water every year due to water leakage. So we must apply a strategy to detect it and prevent it. Leaking pipes waste water and can cause significant damage to your home. Pipes often leak for long periods of time before you detect the problem. In many cases, water leaks from one area and runs along the pipe to deposit in another area. So here are some tips that can help you to find out about the leaking water pipe.
* First turn off your main connection
* Note the water-usage reading on the meter, and record the reading each hour the water is turned off. Increased usage even when the water is shut off is an indicator that you may have a leaking pipe somewhere in the house
* Examine all visible pipe joints, such as those under sinks and in crawlspaces and on pipes connecting appliances. Use a torch or flash light to see the joints clearly.
* Often, leaks in these pipes will show when they are turned back on, so turn on your main supply and check again.
* Look for stains, cracks or bubbling in ceilings and walls that are directly beneath bathrooms. Water that leaks from hidden pipes will pool for a period of time before you see signs on your ceiling or walls.
* Compare your current water bills time to time. If they show a significant increase in your water usage, you may have a leaking water main.
* Inspecting your pipes regularly for leaks can prevent costly damage.
After knowing about the leaks you need to repair it so here are some tips which can help you to repair your leaking pipe. First you have to collect all the tools which will be needed for repairing, like a hacksaw or PVC ratcheting cutters, sandpaper and a pocket knife will be helpful. Then you need to stop the water supply to the portion where you are working you have to make sure that no one runs water down the line when you are working. After that you have to cut the portion of the pipe from where it’s leaking with the help of hacksaw and knife. Then add the new pipe to that part. If you are not able to do it yourself then you can always go for water leak repair services. You have to just call for the services and they will send someone to your home to check it and repair it.

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Fix Those Leaking Pipes And Avoid Water Damage

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 29th April 2017
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Fix Those Leaking Pipes And Avoid Water Damage

Beware of leaking pipes. Have them fixed before they ruin your life!!

Leaking pipes when left unchecked create problems which compound into other problems as time pass by. Those leaking pipes increase your water bill and the saddest part of it is the water damage that it brings. These leaks may occur in different parts of your house. A leak which appears a on water pipe that is transparent is the easiest to detect and repair, thus preventing water damage. They are those leaks that come from the elbow joints from the lavatories and kitchen sinks.

When faucets are open or even when they are not in use, you usually hear dripping or hissing sounds. Evidence of a leak can also appear on the ceiling where those water pipes are fitted. This is the most difficult to detect however, because these pipes are covered with gypsum boards and it may take sometime before they could be detected. By the time the leak is discovered, it may already too late and water damage has already affected a large portion of the ceiling. Before you know it, it is already beyond repair and your ceiling has collapsed.

Another cause of water damage is a hole or breakage on the roof or on the gutter of the house. When rain water drips into the hole of the roof it normally gets into the ceiling. The affected ceiling remains wet, and if not repaired or fixed, water damage comes into action! So the next time you see black spots on your ceiling better check it out. For sure there is a leak up there either caused by a hole in the roof or a water leak coming from a leaking pipe.

Once water damage sets in, electrical connections may be affected and this might lead to electric service interruptions. Come to think of the inconvenience it might bring if the problem affects the air conditioning or heater system of the house. Another scenario that might happen if an electrical connection gets wet and short circuited, is that it might lead to electrocution, or worse, fire!

A clogged drainage system can also cause water damage. Water coming from the bathroom, lavatory, toilet and faucet goes back if it cannot find an exit point. Water that comes back usually overflows and causes damage affecting your carpet and flooring as well. The damage can be considerably large if your floor is made of wood.

Despite the inconvenience that it brings, the good new is that water damage can be prevented. Checking the roof of your house for holes or corrosions caused by rust and including the gutters before the onset of winter will help a lot. If there are holes or corrosions, have these fixed using water proof sealants or repainting that portion of the roof where the corrosion is beginning to set in. This way, other parts of the roof will not get affected.

Have your electrical connections checked too as water pipes especially those that are fitted on the ceilings cause water damage to the ceilings and other parts of the house. Short circuit which might cause electric service interruptions, accidental electrocutions and fire can be prevented since water that may leak from these pipes can be fixed. Lastly, have your drainage system cleaned or suctioned of materials that may clog the entire system.