At Impero Drainage & Plumbing, we’re always there to help homeowners with their plumbing needs. Learn about common plumbing questions and answers and call us if you need further assistance.
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To fix a leaky kitchen faucet, it is important to locate isolation valves underneath sink to turn off the water.
Ensure the handle is fully in the off position and you can test to see if the water is turned off with the taps.
Be gentle when using the faucet to prevent it from getting worse faster.
Locate any brand or labeling on the faucet to help source the part needed to replace.
Remove and replace the cartridge. At this point depending on skill level, you may want to contact the plumber to order the part information or determine your skill level to replace the part yourself.
When troubleshooting the reasons that are causing low water pressure in your home, there are a number of options to rule out.
Low water pressure in your home can be affected from:
Work through through this list and contact a plumber if you need help troubleshooting or locating this specific valves that can affect water pressure in your home.
Normally the first point of action is to use a plunger on a toilet to unclog a toilet.
If the problem persists, you might have a clogged toilet drain which could mean the toilet apparatus needs to be removed and depending on your skill level and attitude towards sewage, you might want to contact a local plumber at this point.
A clean plunger may be used on a sink however leaks often occur underneath afterwards.
You can disassemble the p trap underneath a sink and see if there are any blockages inside (leaking may occur after p trap is reassembled also)
The chemical drain openener may be used if the blockage is believed to be grease
The chemical drain opener does not work well against solid organic matter or hair and can damage old piping.
Never use chemical drain openers in toilets.
Even in our mild Canadian winters in the lower mainland and Vancouver, from time to time, our temperatures can go below 0 degrees in Vancouver. When freezing temperatures hit Vancouver, always turn off outside hose bibs from the inside. This is a good rule of thumb as we do fall cleanup around the house to prep for winter.
Using an insulator cover over your outside hose bib can help protect against colder weather.
Make sure that all piping that may be exposed to freezing is insulated and you can also upgrade outside hose bibs from regular to frost free.
As a last resort during extreme cold weather snaps, leave a few faucets slightly running at minimal water flow during the night to keep water flow moving.
Replacing a toilet should always be done by a professional plumber if you feel you do not have the skill set to complete this task completely.
Replace a toilet plumbing tips to prep for a toilet replace are:
First, remove the existing one with a smooth jawed plyer. Add teflon tape to the male threads of the shower arm. Now screw on the new shower head using the smooth jawed plyers/wrench to not mar the finished chrome finish. Finally test for leaks.
There a couple of causes for a running toilet. A running toilet can be caused by either a faulty flapper or fill valve or both.
While troubleshooting the cause of the running toilet, turn off the water to toilet. Remove and replace the fill valve and test or continue and remove and replace the flapper. The parts identification number can often be found on underside of toilet lid. Most toilet parts are a universal fit fortunately.
Calling a plumber can generally be the quickest way to help fix a burst pipe to reduce further damage to your property.
An outline of tasks to repair a burst pipe include:
A water heater involves the gas valve. Call a plumber to ensure proper installation of the water heater to keep your family safe from gas exposure.
An outline of tasks to prep to replace a water heater include:
The average lifespan of a water heater is 5-10 years typical for new generation tanks. Yearly maintenance such as draining and flushing the tank will help with longevity.
Also, keeping the heat at a minimum temperature will also help with longevity to reduce wear and tear on the unit.
To best ways to prevent water damage in your home is to know where your main shutoff valve for water is to your home or apartment. Be sure that the main valve actually works too.
Be familiar with where the shutoff valves are for each fixture in your home. Make sure plumbing fixtures and valves are up to date and are in good working order.
Be careful of what goes down the drain to prevent back ups and overflowing drains
Be cautious when drilling holes into walls for tv mounts or furniture. You do not want to hit a pipe or live wire when drilling.
Make sure the pressure regulator to your home is in good working order to prevent high pressure fluctuations that may cause pipes to leak and fixtures to wear out faster.
This tasks should be performed by a professional as it involves electricity. Electricity can cause death and injury if you are careful.
General tasks to install a garbage disposal include:
To replace a kitchen sink, here are the general tasks involved:
The most common cause of sewer back up are:
Typically a shower drain only gets clogged with hair so chemical drain openers will not work
A small snake around 1/4″ in diameter must be used to clear away the hair
Calling professional plumber could be quicker if you have no experience in plumbing. Here are the common tasks to replace a bathtub.
Here are the common list of tasks to help you fix a leaking shower. Call a plumber if you need further assistance.
Always ensure the water is off before removing/replacing cartridges
The benefits of a tankless water tank are:
Here are the common tasks on how to install a water softener
A gas leak is easily detected by the smell of rotten eggs. If you smell gas have no experience, turn off the main source of gas to your home and go outside to breath fresh air.
Gas poisoning can cause death.
Always install a carbon monoxide detector in your residence if you are using gas in your home.
Mercaptan is used to make natural gas small like rotten eggs so that if a leak occurs it will be noticed,
A soapy water solutions applied to gas pipes can help detect leaks as bubbles will begin to form where the leak is occurring.