How to Fix Leaky Pipe

how to fix leaky pipesWater is supplied throughout your home or building typically via copper pipe. New homes today are often constructed using different materials for water supply. Water is under pressure at approx 50 lbs per sq inch. So needless to say, if your copper pipe has degraded or not up to standard, it can and will spring a leak. Fittings can also leak. Typically you will see staining on the ceiling and/or walls as the first sign of a problem.

There are all kinds of plumbing leaks. Some can flood your home, while others are not nearly so damaging. Your approach to stopping a leak depends on the type of leak it is. If the leak is at a joint, tighten the joint. If the leak is in a pipe, remove the section that is leaking and replace it with a new section. Unfortunately, this is more easily said than done.

For example, when you turn a threaded galvanized steel pipe to unscrew it from its fitting at one end, you tighten the pipe into its fitting at the other end. With copper pipe, the new section must be sweat-soldered in place. Most pipe replacement jobs are best left to a plumber, but as a do-it-yourselfer, you may consider an alternative: the pipe patch.

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Watch how this plumber solved a leaky pipe problem


Trying to find the location of the leak can be a challenge. Typically the copper pipes are run through wall frames and ceiling joists. When a leak occurs, that water can travel along the wood and drip at any point. The stain on your ceiling or wall may not be an indication that the leak is directly above or aside of that location.

If you do not have experience with replacing sections of pipe, then calling a plumber to take care of your plumbing emergency will be your best and least expensive choice. If you do nothing, you can develop mold within your home causing lots of other problems. Call a local emergency plumber and fix your leaky pipes!

Hot Water Heater Heating Element Repair

Heating elements in your hot water heater will often times fail long before the hot water heater needs to be replaced. Replacing them
can be done without a plumber if you have the time, knowledge and tools for the job.

Electric hot water heater problems

If your electric hot water heater is slow to heat, runs out of hot water faster than it used to, or doesn’t deliver any hot water at all, there’s a 90 percent chance that simply replacing one or both of the heating elements will solve the problem. The fix is straightforward, and replacement elements are inexpensive ($8 to $20) and readily available at home centers, hardware stores and appliance parts dealers.

We’ll show you how to test the heating elements, remove one if it’s bad, and install a new one. Just keep in mind that water heaters have a typical life span of 10 to 15 years. If your heater is approaching old age, replacement may be smarter than repair.

Of course, there are other potential causes of a lack of hot water. Before you test the elements, check to make sure the circuit breaker is on and not tripped. Also press the reset button on the high-temperature cutoff located just above the upper thermostat. Resetting either the circuit breaker or the high-temperature cutoff may resolve the problem, but the fact that they were tripped in the first place may indicate an electrical problem. If they trip again, test the heating elements.

If the heating elements are good, the problem could be with the thermostats or cutoff switch. Testing is complicated, but since they’re inexpensive—about $20 for both thermostats and the cutoff switch—you could simply try replacing them
Watch this video for guidelines on how to replace your thermostat and water heater elements.



Common electric water heater problems are bad heating elements, thermostats, pressure relief valves, leaking water heaters and the water heater drain valve.

Because of the amount of current running through your water heater, if you don’t have the right skills and take the right precautions, a wrong move can be lethal.

Costs to Repair or Replace Your Hot Water Heater

A new hot water heater can run from $250- $3500 depending on the size, type and efficiency of the unit. Installation costs can range
from $200-$1600 depending on the amount of plumbing needed and the removal and cost of disposal of the old unit.

If it is a repair, the part typically isn’t that expensive, could be around $20-50, and the service call should be around $100 more or less.

So for the cost of purchasing all the tools and risking your safety, it may be better to just hire a plumber to fix your hot water heater.

What Are The Services A Plumber Offers?

Typically the average plumbing contractor will offer the following services below. Not all will do commercial plumbing, and some commercial plumbers will not do emergency or residential plumbing.

Emergency Residential Services
Emergency Commercial Services
Frozen Pipes

Residential Plumbing Services

Drain Cleaning
Plumbing Repairs
Diagnosis and Checkup
Installation and Upgrades
System Maintenance and Cleaning
Other Common Repairs
Clogged Drains
Sewage Backups
Damaged Sewer Lines
Trenchless Pipe Repair
Plumbing Camera Inspection
Sewer Line Replacement
Hydro jetting
Drain line inspections

Commercial Plumbing Services

Diagnosis and Checkups
Installations and Upgrades
System Maintenance and Cleaning
Clogged Drains
Plumbing Camera Inspection

Complete Bath & Kitchen (New & Remodel)
Water Heater Installation & Replacement, (Gas, Electric, high efficiency, Indirect)
Installation & Repair of Forced Hot Water & Steam Boilers (Standard & High Efficiency)
Boiler System Maintenance (Cleaning, Auto Fill Valves, Backflow Devices, Thermal    Expansion Tanks, Circulators, Zone valves, Boiler Controls, Energy Saving Devices)
Baseboard heating installation and Replacement
Installation & Replacement of Water Piping (copper/pex/pvc)
Installation and Repair Drains & Vents
Clear Drains (Main line Drains not included)
Installation & Repair of Faucets/Toilets/Miscellaneous Valves (Water, Gas, Air, Backflow)
Installation of Sinks/Tubs/Showers/Dishwashers/Washing Machines/Washing Machine Valves/Sump Pumps/Water Filtration/Make-up Air for combustible appliances/Sprinkler Backflow Devices/Water Pressure Regulators/Emergency Water Sensing & Shutoff devices/Ice Makers
Emergency Response