Pipe Repair by The Professionals at Ground Zero Plumbing
How to repair plumbing leaks under kitchen sink or in slab.
If you’re looking for plumbing repair in Gilbert, AZ, Ground Zero has you covered. Pipe leaks are another common repair needed in the average home. Even the smallest pinhole or crack in your pipes can cause water damage over time that could turn expensive. Some of the most common fixes to repair leaks are water tight pipe clamps that affix to the pipe and tighten down to prevent water from escaping. Some people even resort to a household tape, though this is not recommended and is not a permanent fix.
The professionals at Ground Zero know exactly what your home needs and with their extensive knowledge and experience, you can rest assured that your issues will be solved after they visit your home. Here are some common leaks to look out for.
Loose Connections – Believe it or not, sometimes, plumbing connections start to loosen over time and inevitably begin to leak. Checking the tightness of your connections as a home maintenance check can often prevent even the smallest leaks. This will also give you an opportunity to check under kitchen cabinets and make sure you don’t have bigger issues on your hands.
Faulty or Worn Out Seals – Even if a connection in your plumbing has threads that screw together, that doesn’t make them impervious to leaks. Connections can wear out over time and even rubber gaskets or O-rings can, eventually, give up their water blocking abilities. It’s recommended to use plumber’s tape, putty, or new rubber seals when changing out any connections. This will increase the longevity of your plumbing and prevent leaking in the future.
Visual Inspections – It doesn’t take much time out of your day to visually inspect any plumbing connections you can see, like under your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or even behind your washer and around your water heater. Frequent visual inspections as a part of your daily life can assist you in early detection of leaks should one form. This small habit could mean the difference in a low cost and high cost repair.
Toilet Leaks – Identifying a toilet can be a little simpler if you know what to look for. Pooling water around the base of your toilet could mean that the wax ring has worn out and is now letting water leak through. A wet wall near the toilet could mean that water supplying the toilet is leaking into the wall. To detect a tank leak, you can put a bit of food coloring in your tank and see if it leaks into your bowl. If your bowl cycles through water after 15 minutes, you have a tank leak.
Shower Leaks – A leak in a place where water is common is the most difficult to recognize unless you know what to look for. Your shower head should only have water coming out of the spraying portion of the assembly. If you see any water leaking down the wall from the pipe coming out of the wall, you could have a leak. Removing the shower head and adding Teflon plumber’s tape or plumber’s putty to the threads will seal any unnecessary running water and, in some cases, increase water pressure.
While this isn’t a complete list of possible leaks that can occur in any home, it is a common list. Should you encounter a leak that you don’t feel comfortable tackling, call the experts at Ground Zero Plumbing in Gilbert, AZ, and we’ll send someone over to help you sort it out.