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Plumber Tips and Tricks

We will try to help you understand which solution will be more suitable for your plumbing – repair or replacement, Our plumbers will give you some advice and some very useful information. We are going to give some great tips that can help you with many issues that may arise in the future. Some great tips from our experienced techs and some good trade secrets that you probably would not hear anywhere else.

Academy Disc Plumbing & Repair
Address: 89 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102
Phone: (405) 421-0102

Here is how to decide whether you need a repair or a replacement

  • If the cost of the repair is nearly the same or higher than the price of the replacement Our tech will let you know.
  • The plumbing system part or pipe to be repaired gets frequently broken, replace it with a new one. If, on the other hand, you have this problem for the first time, you can try repairing it to see whether it will function well or call us.
  • If you that tried to repair the equipment and it was damaged or is too old, You would be better off getting it replaced. You are probably not going to find any spare parts for a repair now or in the future anyway.
  • If you can buy water-saving products at an lower price, purchase them and replace the old environmentally-unfriendly ones. Our techs can install them for you.

Which are the most common Oklahoma city problems and how to solve them with or without help from a plumber?

COMMON REPAIR ITEMS

  • Leak Locations
  • Water heaters
  • Broken ball valves
  • Drain cleaning
  • Garbage disposals

COMMON REPLACEMENT ITEMS

  • Recurrent toilet clogs
  • Broken old pipes or leaky pipes
  • Cracked toilet porcelain
  • Broken shower heads
  • Lead pipes, If you have them in your home it is hazardous for the quality of water that your family consumes, so you need to get them replaced by a tech immediately. Also asbestos. It is very dangerous to have in your home and needs to be removed immediately.

As for the best solutions for these problems, you can always contact us at 405-421-0102 and get their advice for free. We that are  on staff will be happy to consult with you anytime so that you can make up your mind on whether you will need some expert help from a tech or you will be able to fully deal with the issues yourself. You can also call us whenever you need emergency tips or services that are beyond you scope of understanding.

Repairing Water Hammer

Repairing Water Hammer

Explanation
It will happen when you don’t do anything more than quickly shut off a kitchen, lavatory or tub faucet. BAM YOU Get A Water hammer. It will sound like a large shock wave went though your pipes! Well, in fact that is just what happened. A water hammer can and will damage your pipes.
A shock wave that was created “water hammer” is moving along at thousands of feet per second and can exert pressures of hundreds of pounds per inch.

Well, just what is a water hammer? Let’s look at what is and see how to repair it. A water Hammer

The plumbing Codes will outline the most up to date and most modern method that will used in installations. Since it is installed in a Commercial or residential building is part of the water and sewage disposal systems, it’s always of vital importance that the installation should not be left up to the discretion of irresponsible or an unlicensed copntractor. To insure and maintain protection of public health and safety and it must be enforced by code enforcement.

The sanitation code should not be mistaken for the plumber’s code. On the contrary it is Rules and Regulations regulated by the cities, counties and states for anyone who is installing drinking water, sewer or water closet installation in any homes, factories, offices, hospitals and schools. It doesn’t matter who is doing the installation, the City codes do require that it be performed in a specific, safe manner. It was found that the failure to do so can cause widespread disease, which will be devastating to the population.

Licensing for Plumbers

The apprentices have to demonstrate their ability as installersto the Construction Industries Board before being issued a license. Theplumbing code, even if it is technically perfect becomes valueless if its provisions are not inspected and enforced. By issuing a license specifies that the plumber is qualified in both theory and practically. That their technical knowledge is sufficient to maintain the standards of the code for..

The license is not intended to prevent anyone but an contractor from doing sanitation work? Licensing will prohibit irresponsible, incapable persons from endangering the health of the residents. Any person can do the work if they have sufficient knowledge to do it safely, as long as the Rules and Regulations of the Construction Industries Board code are observed and or local City. Those that wish to do the installation work will be required to demonstrate their ability’s by applying for a license and passing the exam.

 

How to add a Saddle Valve for a new water supply line

 

How to add a Saddle Valve for a new water supply line

The saddle valves are a very quick and easy way to add a new water supply line without having to solder, glue, or screw on the new valves or tees. Most of the saddle valves will work on copper, aluminum, brass, or pex tubing. The saddle valve can also be used for a wide variety of applications for plumbing such as for the larger water pipes and for some for drain lines. The saddle valves will most usually fit pipes from 3/8 in to 1 in copper or pex sizes which will cover what the most homeowners have. There might be a need for a saddle valve when adding a water line for the refrigerator ice maker or, a swamp-cooler, water dispenser or humidifier. We will show you how to install the saddle valve for a smaller 1/4” water line also.

    1. First you have to locate a section of the water supply line that is round and not dented. Also making sure it will have enough room so the saddle valve will fit. You can not use a spot where there is any solder, glue or that is too close to another fitting to make sure that it doesn’t hinder the saddle connection.
    2. be sure to apply pipe dope or Teflon tape to the threads of the 1/4 in valve then screw it into the metal bracket. Be sure to use pliers to hold the bracket while you screw the valve into its position. It will be a lot easier to do this before you install the bracket onto the pipe.
    3.  Now you will position the rubber gasket on the valves bracket to make sure it is centered and in the right place. Now set the valve brackets on the pipe and make sure that your location that you chose will also allow you to tighten the 1/4 in supply line on to the valve and it gives you enough space to turn the valve on and off.
    4. Start both of the mounting screws. The screws will be started from the top bracket where the valve is and thread into the bottom bracket. Be sire to tightening them evenly on both sides and making sure that the rubber gasket will remain centered under the valve. The you can tighten the bolts until they are good and snug so you can’t wiggle the saddle at all.
    5. Now you can connect the new water line to the saddle valve. Be sure to hold the valve with pliers while your tightening the water line and make sure you don’t move the saddle valve. You can now connect the supply line and test for water leaks if you are in a hurry but it is also good idea to run water through the line and flush it out before you connect it.
    6. Now you must tighten the self piercing valve until it bottoms out. That will drill a hole into the water supply line. Then once it is turned all the way in and bottomed out you slowly open it and allow the water to pressure up. Now you can flush the 1/4 in water line out. Then turn the saddle valve off by screwing it all the way down.
    7. Now you can finish by connecting the other end and then turning the valve on to check for water leaks. Be sure to check it a few time during the day and then the next day to insure there are no leaks and if you need help from we will send one of our techs right out.

 

Water pressure
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Water pressure

You can be sure that you won’t hear this from your customer. I have to much water pressure. When I take a shower it peals my skin off or it is taking to paint off the wall. It is just way to much water pressure. Most customers will want as high of water pressure as their fixtures will produce. Most customers say that they do not have enough water pressure from the get go.

Why do you think the customer would ever ask for a pressure reducing valve installed in their house? There are several reasons why you might want to install a pressure reducing valve.

Your Appliances

When you start replacing the appliances in your house you come to find out they are not very reasonable at all. It true fact they are down right expensive and very costly. Yep, they are not cheap at all. Especially if your wanting to get a pretty descent product that should last a long time hopefully. If I’m investing this huge amount of money in my house and appliances, I, for sure will want to protect that huge investment in absolutely every way that I can.

When you have water pressure in your house that is way to high that extra water pressure will put a lot unnecessary wear and tear on your new dishwasher and other appliances. You will really lower the life of the appliance and in the long run it is not really worth it, The other appliances that run on water will also be greatly effected and it will also diminish their life span immensely.  I see a lot of costumers that like the much more expensive appliances like Subzero. I would not be able to sleep at night after spend thousands of dollars remodeling my house only to find out the water pressure is destroying all of my new equipment.

Your Shower

Yep, No one wants to shower with the water pressure that is just dribbling out and is not sufficient to cover you completely with water. You will have to find a happy medium between the water that you use and the money you end up spending. If you try to reduce the water pressure it will make your fixtures last a lot longer and save you money in the long run. You don’t have to compromise or just settle on for the low water pressure. You can have really good water pressure that won’t damage your plumbing fixtures and will still be comfortable.

Not only will you be helping to reduce damage and saving money on your water bill. You will be helping the environment by saving water also.

Water supplies

In different parts of town the City is always upgrading their water mains and installing new ones (They need to, the old ones are made out of lead and you know as well as I do lead is not good for us or the environment) and some times the new city main will produce up to 115 psi and that causes major problems for the contractors. There is a lot of us installing the pressure reducing valves for our customers. As you would suspect this high pressure can also cause havoc with the water supply lines through out your home.

Now with that example you have to start think about that much water pressure going through your washing machine hoses. They are made of rubber and will not stand up very well to that kind of water pressure. It is just a catastrophe waiting to happen. In fact the washing machine hose is one of the most common causes of a house flood. Your best bet is to install new braided washing machine lines they are much stronger and will last a whole lot longer because they have metal braiding on the outside of the rubber hoses. They are a way better product, stronger, last longer and just a little more expensive.

Most of all the customers will believe that they can tell if their water pressure is way high, way low, or maybe it is about right but it would be a good idea to get your local company to check it out and make sure it is what you need. He will give you peace of mind in knowing whether or not your doing the utmost to protect your house and all of your belongings. Now at the other end of the spectrum. If your water pressure is to low our we can help you also.

Emergency water shut offs

Emergency water shut offs

Your straight Stops

Your straight stop valves are usually used if the water supply lines are coming from under the crawl space up through the floor or cabinet and the water line goes up through from the supply outlet. Your straight stop handle for the valve will come straight out in the center so that it is easy to reach.

Your angle Stops

Your angle stop valves will be used if the supply lines are coming from the wall and the outgoing side will turn at a 90 degree angle to the incoming side. Your handle for the angle stop will be at a parallel from the wall and it will usually faces the front or to the side so you can reach it easily.

Your 3 Way Stops
Your 3 way stops will have 1 inlet and 2 outlets. You will see these installed at the kitchen sinks to serve the hot supply for the faucet and the dishwasher also. Your 3 way stops can be found in a variety of angles and configurations.

Your compression Stops

Your compression stops are usually used when working with copper water pipping. These stops compress the brass feral around the copper pipping with a locking nut to hold it tight on to the supply line and the valve. Compression stops can be attached with crescent wrenches or water pump pliers. You can change these type of stops but you can not remove the nut and feral once it has been compressed, however there is a special tool to remove these.

Your copper Sweat on Stops

With this type of stop you will need to solder it onto the copper piping. You will also need a torch. Solder and flux. Sand cloth, wire brush and a good knowledge of soldering and lots of practice. If you don’t get a good solder joint it could pop off. Usually when your not home and flood your house. These sweat stops also cannot be removed unless you unsolder them.

Your iron Pipe Stops

Your iron angle stops will be threaded on to your galvanized pipes. They are most commonly used on your brass or galvanized piping, although they can be used on most any type of pipe by using a male adapter. The male adapter is installed on the piping and then the stop will thread on to the male adapter. This usually a very reliable connection and it can be changed relatively easy. You can easily install these with a crescent wrench or water pump pliers.

Your cpvc Stops

The cpvc stop will have a cpvc insert ball valve and like a coupling it is glued to cpvc piping, A nut and a gasket will screw to the stop.These are fairly easy to install with pliers and some cpvc glue. After gluing the stop on to the cpvc insert you will be able to unscrew the gasket and nut if you need to ever replace the stop in the future

Your pex Stops

Your stop used for pex will be ribbed for the pex pipes so the clamps will not slide off. These stops work with the ring clamps or pincher clamps. pex tools will have to be used for this type of stop, it will most often be the faster and most reasonable way to install these  if you already know how to use the tool for pex clamps or pincher rings. Your pex stop are easily removed but you will have to cut off the ring. This will usually cut into the pex pipe unless you use a ring buster. They will not work on the stainless steal ring though.

Your shark bite Fittings

You can use the shark bite stops that are easier to install if as there’s enough piping coming out of the wall. Your shark bite stops will push onto the piping, they will lock in and seal with an o ring and stay clamped on with a barbed type of connection that wont let the pipe slide out. Your push type of shark bite stops are used for pex, cpvc, copper and polybutylene piping because they all have the same diameter. These can also be easily removed and replaced.

If Your Probe Is Dirty

If Your Probe Is Dirty

When your first waking up in the morning and taking a hot shower it would be a luxury to most of us. Something we can really enjoy and appreciate.  But when you have an old water heater, it won’t necessarily be the hot shower you were looking forward to then sometimes it will be way to hot and most of our customers will believe their water heaters are worn out or it is time to purchase a new water heater. Most of the time this is far from the real truth of the matter. The real truth is that you will have to go through some risk to get to the heart of the problem. There can be several contributing factors that are causing the fluctuation of the temperature and they both will have the evidence of completely different symptoms.  If your water is hot but it does not last for very long the problem could very well be your cold water inlet dip tube.  When the cold water inlet receives water in through the dip tube it will continue down the dip tube to the very bottom of the water heater. This causes the incoming cold water to go straight to the bottom where the burner is.  If your dip tube degrades and comes apart they do this when they are very old. Instead it goes in the top of the tank. Even though the water heater is full of hot water it will just travel across the top of the tank and come out the hot water outlet. It will be lukewarm at best. Even though the water heater is completely full of hot water. Now if you are having problems with the water always being a different temperature and the temperature is always colder when you haven’t been using it much. Then when you start using the hot water and the temperature starts to get hotter. This usually will mean that your hard water is leaving heavy deposits on the water heater probe. The gas water heaters have a probe that extends into the tank. This is the thermometer for the water heater so it can tell how hot or cold the water is and know when to turn on or off.  If your probe gets heavy deposits building up on it, it can not detect the temperature correctly and will result in the fluctuation of the water temperature.  If your tank is not being used, the water will slowly cool but the probe will not detect this as quickly as it should. This will result in the first time it is being used after sitting idle the water will be lukewarm. This will also happen if you are not home for a while.  if you turn the water on it sends it straight to the bottom and it will cause the probe to cool and light the burner. Then when you use it for the first time the water is not hot but as more water is used the water will heat up and it seams like it is working again This is when it starts to get frustrating. When the probe tells the water heater to turn on, the probe is still not working correctly and the water being heated can become way to hot.  This can cause the T and P valve to open and do its safety feature and relieve some of the pressure building up inside of the tank. When you are having different temperatures of water coming out of the tank a lot of people will turn up the tank. This will cause more problems or cause a dangerous situation and can compound the problem.  That is when you should call one us to repair the issue with the water heater. At this point you will need to access the situation with the company and decide if you water heater is to old to put money into the problem or if you need to have your plumbers replace the old worn out tank.  It could add to your expenses if you were to have someone replace the gas valve and have the water heater go completely out after spending money on the old tank.  If your water heater is really old It is more then likely worth going ahead and buying a new one.  When they are that old it is not worth trying to save money when it could go out and flood your house.

Plumbing Day To Day

Plumbing Day To Day

When we get a call for an estimate on a large project we always let the customer know up front that we don’t do free estimates except for over the phone. They will understand that if your a company then you are usually booked up for at least a week and some times longer than that. So if they want our us to visit the job site and figure a fairly close estimate that we have to charge a service call for the estimate. Although if they like the price our we gave them and they want us to start on the job while we are there. We won’t charge them for the estimate. It stands to reason if we don’t have to make another trip to do the work then it saves us our time and money and we will pass this savings on to our customers. Like a job we did the other day. We sent our guys to the job site to give an estimate on a leak in the basement. When they arrived they diagnosed the leak. It was on their main drain stack. The four inch cast iron pipe where the stack came from upstairs all the down to where it went through the floor in the basement. Which is a concrete slab. The leak was actually on the drain stack right were it enters the concrete slab floor. This meant we would have to break out the concrete slab and follow the four inch cast iron drain line until they found good pipe again that wasn’t rotted out to tie onto. We gave the customer the estimate and they agreed on the price and said to proceed with the repair. Now an estimate like this is always a rough estimate for the basic reason we cannot see under the concrete slab floor and would not be able to say how far we will have to break out the concrete slab floor to repair the old rusted out cast iron piping. We can always run a camera in and some times you can see the issue but they are not always 100% accurate and there is an additional charge of three hundred dollars just to run the camera so we try to let the customer know up front that it would probably be an expense they should not incur. Since we have to bust out the concrete anyway. (Most other companies will tell the customer they need to run the camera to see the issue so they can just go ahead and charge the three hundred more dollars). At this point we will usually leave one tech on the job to start breaking up the old concrete slab floor and cutting the old cast iron pipping out of the way so they can replace it with new PVC. This no easy task. The cast iron pipe has be cut with either a cast iron cutter or diamond saw blades. The cast iron cutters consist of what looks like a motorcycle chain with cutter blades attached to it and a ratcheting handle that will wrap around the cast iron piping and clamp on to it. Then you use the ratcheting handle to slowly ratchet down the chain and cutters until it snaps off the pipe. Usually leaving a nice clean cut. You also have to be very careful with the old pipe. Cast iron cutters are most definitely the easiest way to cut the cast iron pipe but if the pipe is to old you could end up crushing or cracking the pipe on down the line. Then you will end up cutting out more pipe trying to fix what you broke and it could turn into a real problem. Sometimes you can not use the cast iron cutters because they are fairly large and the won’t fit into all of the areas you are trying to cut and repair. This is when you have to use the diamond saw blades. They are very expensive and require a lot more time to cut. It is a lot more work and extremely hard to cut the cast iron with the diamond blades. It will basically wear your tail out quick. Then when we get a good clean cut we will usually tie on to the cast iron piping with a no hub fitting on each end of the pipe and run new PVC in between. The no hub fitting consist of a rubber connector with a stainless steel sleeve to go around it. The stainless steel sleeve is held tight with two large hose clamps and it makes a very strong connection compared to a rubber cantex adapter which is rubber with a hose clamp on each end to hold it place. Its a good connection but a no hub is a better connection by far. After the repair is done and all connections are  tested for leaks we will then repack the dirt and sand above it. (This very important to make sure the concrete does not crack in the future). Mix the new concrete. Usually using sackcrete or ready mix concrete. Trying to mix it as dry as possible (This will allow for a quicker finishing time) and then pour the wet concrete back into the hole over the repacked sand. Trying to fill in any voids. Level out the concrete and float it down smooth with a hand float. Then it has to dry more until you can trowel it. Troweling is the last part of the finish job and makes it as smooth as the old concrete it is poured next to. All we have to do now is clean up our mess, load up our tools which I might add are covered with concrete so you have to wash them immediately or it is on there for good. That is it. It just has to dry over night before being walked on. In the end we will always try to keep our customers 100% satisfied.

Plumbers in Oklahoma City Ok

Plumbers

There will always be plenty of reasons to have to hire a plumber Some of the reasons for hiring an tech might be running service maintenance on your water heater or boiler. Yourtech will accomplish these services  by setting your elec-trodes, checking the air filters and orifice, replacing elements, or any other repairs or replacements. Some other reasons why your techs are a great help is if your Water Heaters are in need of cleaning and adjusting. We will tell you that  Water Heaters should always be cleaned and or adjusted at least 1 time a yr.

Your Drain Cleaning

Now a lot of times your faucets will start to drip or leak and this will cause you to use a lot of water and raise you water bill. Just one drip per minute will use ten thousand gallons of water a year. These drips will also cause damage to your faucets. So you will need to find a company to repair or replace you leaky faucets. Other problems with you home will include slow running or stopped up drains. If you are having these kinds of problems with your pipes you will need to call us to inspect and snake your drains to try and alleviate the problems. Your drain cleaning and proper inspection do require a lot of experience and training in the field. You will need a highly experienced Licensed contractor for this job. They will usually know the lay out of your pipes and can closely second guess how the original tech installed the plumbing. You regular Roto Rooters or handy man with a snake just won’t know whats under the ground or concrete. They will be guessing at best and can cause major damage and more problems to contend with. Also your local Roto Rooter or handy man can not legally repair or replace any damaged or collapsed pipes that they may run into. While it is legal to run a snake in most cites without a license it is not legal to do any repairs or replacements so you will end up having to call a real company anyway in most cases and end up spending more money in the long run trying to save by calling the non experienced company.

Water Filtration

Besides drain cleaning, you can add a water filtration system instead of always having to buy bottled water, this is another way your contractor may help. Our techs will add a  water filtration system. This will save money and can reduce our carbon footprint. Most people  are changing out their faucets and toilets to those that use a lot less water. You can do this while remolding or if you just want to upgrade. We can get this done for you in an efficient and fast time frame. You can chose from many designs and options. There are a lot to chose from and a new upgrade will make an old bathroom or kitchen look very much new again.

 Radiant Heat or New Plumbing

We can install a radiant heat system in you home to improve your comfort and also improve your homes efficiency. Your new radiant heating system will not only keep your feet warmer but it will also saves you lots of money on the heating bill. What if you want to add a new or extra bathroom to your house. It can really be a great advantage especially if you are having guests stay over night. You know how it can be when you only have one bathroom and you have gusts staying. Trying to share one bathroom can be very frustrating to say the least.

There can be a lot of reasons that you need a good company today and in the future. But you can always count on us to take care of your problems and get back to your regular everyday life and routine.

Plumbers in Okc

Plumbers In Okc

Not always if you are plumbers, do things go smooth or how they were planed.  Most of the time everything goes completely haywire. One of our good customers contacted us to explain a few simple issues that need repaired on a house they just bought.  It is usually smart to go look at the issues that we might be getting into in the older homes.  If we had to sum up the list of things that they needed done it would look pretty mediocre. A tub and show faucet replacement, they wanted a new seat for their toilet, kitchen sink and faucet replacement and in order to install a gas cock shut of valve for the stove we would have to disconnect the gas line. If we looked at all of the items they were fairly simple to be for sure, and we told them we would for stay in their budget planing.  When we started the work and things went from simple to somewhat complicated after entering the basement. To start off first we saw a few other problems such as a rusted / busted tub drain and some broken and corroded water lines also. Although the repairs that we found first were not going to be that much of a problem. We got started and had most of the plumbing problems repaired that we already found fairly quick. Most of the problems we saw are the usual thing in these older houses when there is cast-iron sewer drains and steel galvanized water pipes. This is when it started to get real fun as we tried to turn the water back on believing everything was repaired. It was not very long at all until we saw a water line leaking right close to where we were. We found it was a rusted out old galvanized water line leaking pretty fast. We had to turn the water off again and start over. After we had this one repaired it is time to try and turn on the water. When we finally turn the water back on we see another leak just a little further down the line that we had just repaired. Here we go again the was a leak coming from the threaded part of water line that was cracked. So we have to turn the water off again and the same thing happens at least seven or eight more times until it is finally time to head back to the shop because it was quitting time. Well to make that story short we finally get the water all repaired and we have replaced about 90% of the hot galvanized water lines with Pex water piping. The next day instead of going through that again we just removed all of the rest of the water lines on the hot and the cold side. The rest of the water lines remaining were in the walls and were copper water lines although some of the solder joint were pushed apart. The home apparently had not been winterized correctly which lead to all the water lines freezing and breaking apart. We had the water back on and working so we were actually thinking we would be close to being done with the repair project. But when you have to work on an aged house like this where the plumbing is very old it sometimes can be a never ending story. Here we go again. No water to the toilet. So we are checking the water stop shut off and the ballcock toilet filler to see if they are clogged with sediment and or corrosion. The water is turned off again so we can replace the water shutoff valve for the toilet and run a new water line. So the with a working toilet stool we start checking the bathroom faucets and drains. The faucets were working fairly well to my amazement. But I was not amazed that both of the drains on the double lavatories would not drain at all. We had to go on the roof and snake or roto rooter the drains through the vent. This will will usually get them both on a double lavatory drain because they will run those on a continuous waist for the two. We even pulled out all kinds of products on the snake such as feminine products, baby wipes and disposable rags. None of which should ever be flushed even though they all say that they can be by the manufacture. They will cause major issues with your drain system.

When buying a old house or thinking about getting some property to rent, sell or even live in, you should always keep in mind the hidden issues that you will always find later and plan you expenses accordingly before making the purchase. Be sure and call us and have them inspect the homes system completely before your final purchase to save you time and money. This will really help keep your budget down in the long run.

Maintenance Checklist: Plumbing in Oklahoma city

Maintenance Checklist: Plumbing 

Well it comes around every year. That time of the year everyone hates when it is time to look at your plumbing and maybe start to do some maintenance. We all know we hate it but it is on our list of things to get done before the year is over and we usually put off. Although we don’t like it we should actually keep it done all year long so it doesn’t overwhelm us. Here is a list to check and keep up with of some normal issues and others that we need get fixed before they get to bad to just repair.

If you work on this list it will help you keep up with any problems you may have in the future with your home.
You need to think about all of the various or different kitchen or lavatory fixtures and tub, shower or water heaters ect… that are associated with your home. This will include your drains, utility room and laundry sink, washing machine besides all of the tub and shower, lavatory sinks and water closets or toilets with your house.

❏Check for evidence of leaks in water and drain pipes that you are able to visually inspect. Any moisture and spots or stains that are left from standing water.
❏ Check for rusted or corroded water or drain pipes. Rust can get bad enough to cause leaks or bad a connection at the pipe joints. If you see any green staining at the ball valves or on copper and brass pipe connections or on any old galvanized water lines.
❏ Be sure and check the pressure for your water lines. Check to see how much water and how good the flow is at your sinks and faucets. If you don’t have much volume coming out you might have corrosion or build up inside of your water lines or even in the aerator or shower heads.
❏ You can check by removing your aerators and shower heads and see if they have sediment in the screens. This can shut down the water completely and cause low water flow.
❏ Be sure and see if all of your bathtubs, showers, sinks and washer drain well and with acceptable speed. If they are slow it will indicate a blockage or clogged vent pipe. You should see a whirlpool or at lest some swirl of the water as it drains. If they gurgle or if you see them bubbling this will mean there is an issue with stoppage or venting of the pipes.
❏ Look at the inside parts of the tank on the stool including the handle. When you are flushing the toilets are they flushing well? Look inside and check for missing parts or parts that are broken or corroded. Check to see if there is any water at the base of the stool and make sure the toilet does not keep running or shutting off and in a short time running again.
❏ Check the Sheetrock where the drain pipes goes through from your sinks for moister or softness. Also check the tile in the same places and tub and showers for any that may be loose. If they are not secure you may have water running through them. This will rot the wood and the Sheetrock underneath.
❏ Check the stool, lavatory sinks and shower to see if they are dapped or cocked correctly or it is not coming loose.
❏ Look for and mold where it might have been wet before and dried over time.
❏ Check your toilet stools to see if they shimmy around and are not solid.
❏ Check the burning assembly in your houses water heaters. Check for corrosion or build up of sediment. Look at the burner when it is on for blue or yellow flames. If it is yellow you may need to remove the assembly and have it cleaned or replaced.
❏ You should always flush your water heater monthly to remove sediment buildup.
❏ Check you tub, kitchen and lavatory faucets to see if they are leaking at the handles when they are on.
❏ Look at your washer hoses and see if they are leaking, cracked or getting hard. They need to be replaced at regular intervals.

If you check your list on a regular basis and go though the whole list at least four times a year you can find problems before they get out of hand and save yourself some much needed cash. It will be well worth the small time and effort it takes to go through this list and you will be glad that you did. You will see that the first time you find something that was ready to break loose and cause you some major grief and difficulty.

When it comes to home plumbing projects, it is always best to hire a professional. Even a small plumbing mistake can lead to leaks, floods and damage to other parts of the home. It is important to do your research before hiring a plumber to make sure they are reliable, skillful and do the job right the first time. Here are five things to consider when seeking a professional for your home needs.

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