Fixing a Broken Pipe

One of the most important parts of your home is probably your plumbing system.  It not only helps you by removing any waste from your house, but it also provides clean water food preparation and bathing. When a pipe in your plumbing system breaks it can cause a lot of damage to your house, but if you know what to do, you can fix the problem yourself.

You will first need to identify where the broken or leaking pipe is located.  If it’s a wall, ceiling, or floor pipe you can probably find it by following the water trail to its origin. If there isn’t any visible sign of damage then you may have an underground leak which can be more difficult to find.

To fix the pipe, you will have to turn off the water main for your house.  Once this is done, you may be able to unscrew any caps or covers on the pipe if your house uses a metal piping system. If not there may be a shut-off valve located in your basement, crawlspace, or somewhere else accessible.  Pipes that have already broken can be a lot more difficult to identify without removing sections of your wall or floors.

Hire A Certified Plumber

If you feel that you do not have the necessary skills to fix your broken plumbing pipe, it is best to hire a professional plumber to take care of the problem.  Even if you were able to successfully identify where the leak originated from and how to shut off your water main, there are still many other variables that make it very difficult to fix your plumbing problem.  A plumber will have the experience and knowledge to help you find the source of the leak, determine what system your home is using, know how to shut off any water valves, patch or replace any damaged parts of the pipe including all joints and couplings, properly clean up the area after installation, and more.

No matter how skilled you are at home improvement or plumbing, having a professional work on your broken pipe will save you time and money.  If the damage is too great, it can be expensive to hire a plumber to get started but in the long run, it may even be cheaper than if you tried to fix the problem yourself.

Broken Plumbing System: Repair or Replace?

When your plumbing system leaks, you need to decide if it’s more cost-effective to repair the current system or replace it.  If you have an older house that uses copper pipes then replacement may be necessary since these are susceptible to corrosion and other problems that can cause leaks.  If you want to make sure your plumbing system is up to date and efficient, replacing your older model with a new one can be the best choice.  You might also consider an updated system if you notice that parts of your current system are already corroding or otherwise deteriorating.

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