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Steps To Fix A Water Pipe Bursts In Your Garden

clock July 8, 2014 07:29 by author Chris Vigna

It is not uncommon for pipes to burst in a garden and yard. Burst water pipes can be cause by a number of situations, like badly done gardening work or installation of fittings, just to name a few. Water pipes can also burst due to corrosion. This is why it is important to know what steps to take if a water pipe bursts in your garden.  

Identifying A Burst Water Pipe

If you see water flooding out of your garden’s soil, it is very likely that there is a problem with a water pipe.  Another sign to look for is if some spots are wetter or have more water than others. 

Finding the leaks can be easy sometimes if there is a lots of water coming up, but others times, it may take time to find the problem and this is when you might need to give a professional plumber a call. 

Drain and water pipe snakes or cameras have been created to find leaking water pipes in your garden.  Professional plumbers are always equipped with these tools, which allow them to find the leaking water pipe faster than you can imagine.  

The time that it will take your plumber to fix a burst water pipe will depend on several factors, but you can be certain that hiring a plumber is the smartest way to go.  Trying to fix burst water pipes on your own can sometimes be a very difficult and tedious task, which is why deciding to spend a few hundred bucks towards a professional plumber will be the best choice for you. 

After finding and solving the problem, it will be possible to estimate why the water pipe failed or if something caused it to burst.  This will allow you to prevent future burst water pipes in your garden and to try and keep everything working properly at all times. 

 

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Things That Plumbers Don’t Want You To Do

clock May 30, 2014 07:46 by author Chris Vigna

We have all flushed things down the toilet, which we know shouldn’t be flushed and sometimes, they have caused some serious plumbing issues in our homes. Not doing these things will help you prevent plumbing problems and it will also make your plumber’s work easier. 

So here are some things you should be careful about:

·         Reaching for the Drano – Most people tend to go for chemicals and similar drain cleaning solutions when they experience a plumbing problem, but these may not always be the best choice.   Chemicals can be a hazard to your health and you may not have the proper equipment, so think twice before applying chemicals to your pipes. 

·         Don’t use your toilets as trash cans – There are things that can be flushed down your toilet and there are things that can’t, so don’t treat your toilets as trash cans and you will not have as many plumbing problems throughout your life.  Even things like personal cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products and toilet scrubbers, which are labeled as “flushable”, should not always be thrown into your toilets.

·         Trying to do everything on your own- making yourself believe that you can solve anything, does not always work and sometimes diagnosing plumbing problems on your own, is not your best decision.  Sometimes, you can even make things worse if you are not certain of what you are doing. So calling a professional plumber may be your best choice. 

·         Know more about your plumbing system – If you are not familiar with your plumbing system at home, you should really find out things like where the main water valve is located and where the entire emergency shut off valves are as well.  This will allow you to shut off the water, if there are any problems and it will help you when the plumber gets there, as you will be able to guide them to these valves. 

·         Don’t keep your old hoses – It is not uncommon for hoses to burst suddenly, so replacing your hoses every now and then can help you to prevent some plumbing problems as well.  Washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances, all have hoses, which can burst at any moment, so check them regularly and you will avoid these problems. 

·         Make sure you have a leak protection system – Having one of these systems installed in your home can really save you from some problems and it is one of the best things that you can add to protect your home. 

·         Make sure your water heater is not outdated – Having an old water heater can cause more problems than you can imagine, so try and keep it up to date and you will also save yourself a lot of plumbing problems. 

·         Don’t overload your garbage disposal - If you treat your garbage disposal kindly, it will also treat you kindly.  Just be careful with the things and how much you use your garbage disposal and you will keep this working better most of the time.

·         Don’t play with the water heater’s pressure valve – If you are not familiar with how your water heater’s pressure valve functions, you should really not mess with it.  This could just make things worse and make you spend more in plumbing repairs.   

So remember these things and you will not have as many plumbing problems in your home.  You can also read some of our past blog posts and learn more about plumbing systems and protecting your own.  

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Fixing Your Home’s Plumbing Problems Before Putting it on the Market

clock April 6, 2014 07:22 by author Chris Vigna

How To Get More Money For Your Home, By Fixing Your Plumbing Problems

If you are currently thinking about or trying to sell your home, it would be a very smart idea to get all of its plumbing problems fixed, as this can benefit you in many ways.  While some people may think let’s just leave those problems to the future owners or why should we spend any money on repairing this home if we are selling? The truth is that fixing your home’s plumbing before selling it will add value to your home and make you feel even better about the sale. 

If an inspector notices these problems before you sell your home, it could cost you even more in penalties and having to work with professionals that they recommend.  You may also end up making less money on your house if you do not fix your plumbing problems before selling it, because some buyers will notice them and reduce their offering price, as they will have to pay for those repairs and they may overestimate the price. 

Not fixing your home’s plumbing issues before selling it, could also lead you to have to wait more for a buyer to be convinced, as some will notice these problems and start wondering what other problems your home might come with. 

Some types of financing institutions will also require the home to be inspected prior to authorizing the loan to your home’s buyer, which means that if they find any type of plumbing problems, they may not authorize the loan and you will not be able to make that sale.    

 Home sellers or real estate agents, will sometimes have plumber contacts and  other professionals to help you out with these problems, but if you are selling your home on your own, it would be smart to start contacting professional plumbers, so they can inspect your home  and see if it requires any plumbing repairs before it is sold.

At All About the Pipes, we encourage our clients to inspect their plumbing systems several times a year, as this can help to identify plumbing problems at an early stage and save some money and time. Most of the time, plumbing repairs take only a matter of hours.

Feel free to browse through our website, to find our services and how we can help you to get your home ready for sale.    

  

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