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Basic Plumbing Inspection and Repair

Plumbing inspection may be a tiring chore to some, as it needs to be done regularly and properly. The reason for this is because while a few plumbing problems are immediately visible, others require the use of specialised tools and heightened senses to find. Here are the tips you need to follow to do this task correctly.

To get started, you need to do the following:

1. Find out which pipes are made of lead
2. Check every single supply valve in your property
3. Inspect drains and drain pipes for clogs and any signs of weakness
4. Assess all taps and shower heads to ensure that they work properly
5. Know how the water meter works.

Assuming that you found a few problems after doing the things mentioned above, it can be dealt in two ways. One is by fixing them yourself and another is contacting a plumber to fix them for you. While leaking pipes and clogs are problems that you can deal with yourself, tasks like replacing lead pipes and taps/showerheads/supply valves/drain pipes should be done by a plumbing expert.

If you have decided, at first glance, that you should deal with the leaking pipe or clogged drain yourself, check to see the extent of the damage. Then, provided that you are confident that you can deal with the problem yourself and things have not yet gone so bad, do the following:

Leaking Pipe
1. Switch the water main off as soon as you find a leaky pipe.
2. Do you have a leak patch kit? If so, get it and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
3. If you don’t have one, slice a piece of heavy rubber, one big enough to cover the hole on the pipe, and secure it on the hole using metal hose clamps.
4. Then get in touch with a professional plumber in your area to get it repaired for good.

Clogged Drains
1. You have two choices: the combination of vinegar and baking soda and drain cleaners.
2. Pour the right drain cleaners down the appropriate drains and let them sit for a few minutes before washing something in that sink or bathing in that tub once more.
3. If you want a more natural alternative, pour ½ cup baking soda down the clogged drain. Follow it up with ½ cup vinegar. They react violently, so do not replace the cover of the drain immediately after pouring.
4. Let the baking soda and vinegar sit for three hours, and after that amount of time, pour water down that drain.
5. If these solutions do not work, call a plumber immediately. The clog may be on the main sewer line.

These are the basic ways to check and fix your home’s plumbing system. If you are facing a severe plumbing problem, call a reliable emergency plumber in your locality right away so that it can be fixed at the soonest possible time.