How to Track Down the Leak in Your House

Found a new leak in your sealing? Is one of your pipes causing a drip in your cabinets? These are very common leakage points and sometimes can be the source of your problem, but what many people overlook is that usually it is not. This can be very damaging and we definitely recommend you to call a reputable plumbing company. If you are from El Paso Texas, like we are, Genesis plumber is your choice. You can find more about these plumbers on Plumber-Elpaso.com

Most leaks, whether it be from dry wood, drains, or pipes, normally have a larger source of the core issue. An area in which the leak originates and is causing other damage in the inner workings of the piping and draining system inside your house. Here are some places you should look to check and see if your leak is coming from a larger source.

  1. Hot Water Tanks

You hot water tanks are always working hard to keep your house warm and full of accessible warm water. So, it is not uncommon for the overworking machine to have a leak every once and while. Thankfully because this is such a common issue, it is also an easy fix. Covering the leaked area with cement or strong bonding tape can stop the leak for a very long time. But you must keep in mind that it will need to be replaced at some point, which is a more expensive option.

  1. Water Valves

The areas in which water is transferred from one of your house systems to the other (ie: from your bathroom shower to your kitchen sink) have heavier and more securing screws and piping underneath them. After long usage and wear and tear, these bolt begin to become lose and require tightening. Tightening these with the correct size wrench should fix the issue and stop leaks from spreading through your home.

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  1. Gas Pumps

Your gas pumps may not push and pull water throughout your house but they can be the cause of gas and water leaks. The pressure that your gas pumps and handles press can cause a buildup of pressure when not properly tightened or released. It would be wise to check the levels of pressure being used. If it’s too much, water could be being pushed harder causing cracks in your ceilings and walls. And if the pressure is too low, it can cause the water to meander and leak inside of your walls. Be sure to keep tabs on these gas pumps to prevent leakage throughout your home.

  1. Toilets

The toilet tank behind your commode has an important responsibility. It pushes a lot of water to and from the water tank and the sewer. If your toilet is acting up by having a longer than 1 second flush interval or clogging excessively, the water can be pushed out aggressively. This can cause your pipes to become weaker and crack over time. This then leaks and can cause water damage in your home. Be sure to keep your toilets up to code.

  1. Concealed Piping

If you start seeing leaks come from you walls, the worst scenario is that the leaks are coming directly from your piping in the walls. If this is the case, you need a plumbing professional to come and check it out. They may even need to take out your pipes from the walls and replace them.

These places are the most common to find the main source of your leakage. Knowing them should help you stop the leak at its core and prevent more water damage throughout your home.



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How to unclog your toilet?

A clogged toilet can be messy business. Keep calm and don’t reach for the phone. This situation can be easily remedied in a swift manner. The following is one of the simple ways in which you can unclog your toilet.

Now, the last thing you want to do is make things even worse, so if you suspect that you have a clog, do not flush that toilet! 

All this will accomplish will be filling the toilet bowl with even more water, which could lead to it overflowing. Regardless of if it’s water in the bowl, or something far more sinister, you just don’t want the contents overflowing on to your floor. I just want to take a minute to remind you that you should not be flushing trash down your toilet! Things like cotton earbuds, wet wipes, condoms, etc. should be thrown in the garbage as they can cause blockages if flushed!plumbing

Step 1: Prep Your Work Area

This means placing down paper towels, newspaper, etc. down around the toilet and the surrounding areas.

Put on a set of old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and make sure to chuck on a pair of rubber gloves. You know what goes into toilets. You don’t want it on your hands or staining your Sunday church outfit. Cracking open a window could be a good idea too to help air the stench.

Step 2: Attempt To Clear The Obstruction By Hand

Maybe you already know what’s blocking the toilet. In which case you can insert your hand and arm (shielded by the rubber gloves) and remove the object by hand.

If you don’t know what’s blocking it, it’s still a good idea to attempt to remove the blockage via this method, as it will save you from having to plunge it and possibly causing a mess.

Step 3: Get Your Plunger Ready… But Not Just Any Plunger

A cheap suction-cup style plunger will not do in this situation. You will need a plunger that features a fold-out rubber flange or a ball-shaped type plunger. Before using it, make sure to run the plunger under hot water to soften it up and create a stronger seal.

You can find a more detailed post solely about the correct plunging technique on ehow website.

Step 4: Plunge Time

Go ahead and stick the plunger in the bowl.

Pump it over the hole and make sure to keep it slow but steady. You don’t want to overdo it or go to fast only for the dirty toilet water to spray up in your face.

Make sure that the plunger is actually deep in the water rather than just plunging the air. It needs to plunge using the water!

Take your time, it might take a while so keep at it. Maybe as many as 15-20 plunges.

Step 5: Repeat and Then Flush

With enough plunging, the toilet bowl will eventually be drained of water. If the water drains but the stubborn clog remains then fill the water bowl with water to a normal depth and continue to plunge.

Finally, flush the toilet to check if the clog has been resolved and that the water is naturally returning to it’s normal levels. If you wish to unclog your toilet without using plunger, read this article.

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