Tackle Tough Plumbing Jobs: Part One--Finding Leaks

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Mr. Rooter's Tip Of The Day: One well known Pittsburgh football player says, he knows “a little bit about tackling” tough plumbing jobs: Call Mr. Rooter!

The bane of plumbing is a water leak–the quiet drip that doesn’t make noise,” says Beall. “It falls silently onto the floor or down a wall, and its damage can be extensive.

Most forms of football have a move known as a tackle. The primary purposes of tackling is to disposses an opponent of the ball, to stop the player from gaining ground towards goal or to stop them from carrying out what they intend. One well known Pittsburgh football player says, he knows “a little bit about tackling” tough plumbing jobs: "Call Mr. Rooter!" says Brett Keisel.

According to Bob Beall, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh, tackling the tough plumbing jobs is what has made Mr. Rooter the world’s largest plumbing franchise in the world. Beall offers expert plumbing tips to consumers 7 days a week, emergency plumbing services 7 days a week and continues to lead the plumbing industry in customer service satisfaction with the free second opinion.

“The bane of plumbing is a water leak–the quiet drip that doesn’t make noise,” says Beall. “It falls silently onto the floor or down a wall, and its damage can be extensive.” A master plumber, Beall, says that finding the leak or leaks means observing potential leaky spots.

Mr. Rooter’s Tip Of The Day

Tip #1 Look to the floor on the trim and carpet. Once you find puddled water or wet carpet, look behind the wall and trim for the culprit. Then go “up” to find the leak.

Tip #2 Once the location of the potential source of the leak is found, examine the pipe and fittings. Water flows downhill, so don’t assume the first wet fitting is the leaky one. Follow the pipe upward to the topmost wet fitting.

Tip #3 To verify a slow leak is coming from a high fitting, dry off the fitting and place a piece of paper towel behind it.

Tip #4 To verify a leak at a low fitting, dry off the pipe above and the fitting itself. If the pipe above is dry and a drop of water forms on the fitting, that fitting is the problem.

Tip #5 Shut off the water and drain the lines. Disassemble the fitting and analyze the cause. Look for an out-of-round pipe, burrs on a cut edge, unsquare cuts, or improperly tightened fittings.

Tip #6 Fix the problem and reinstall the fitting, using a new one if necessary.

BONUS TIP: 6 Plumber Secrets
Look to the floor for evidence of slow leaks in pipes and fittings. Examine the drywall for water stains. Look to the junction of a pipe and vertical fitting for a possible leak source. A paper towel behind a vertical fitting can test for water leakage. Wipe the fitting dry and watch for the reappearance of water at a junction. A leak at any galvanized fitting means you must replace that section of pipe.
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