Leaking copper pipes
copper pipes

Leaking Copper pipes are amongst one of the most common household problems.

Luckily for you, there’s no need to waste precious time and money on calling out a professional just yet. There’s a good chance that you can remedy this yourself at home and seal those pinholes up before they become a dire problem! However, if you feel more comfortable calling a professional plumber, we can recommend you the company named Genesis Plumber, It’s a plumbing company based in El Paso, Texas. You can find more info about the company on the website: http://Plumber-ElPaso.com.

You may have to purchase some small parts that you might not have at home, but rest assured that it’s a damn lot cheaper than calling out a plumber.

Though I must specify that the following fix is more of a temporary one. A quick fix that you can do at home quickly until you can use a more substantial repair at a later date.

Very quick and very rudimental, yet still quite effective.

You will need:

  • Putty knife
  • Epoxy resin
  • Piece of rubber (to cover the pinhole leak)
  • Jubilee clip/clamp
  • Water resistant tape

Step 1: Turn the Water Off

According to Popular Mechanics, the first action you should undertake is to make sure the water valve to the pipe is shut off.

It is extremely difficult to mend or repair anything when there’s water shooting in your face so you do self a favor and turn it off.

Now turn on the connected faucet so that the remaining water that’s in the pipe is drained out and so there’s no danger of further leaking while you work.

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Step 2: Dry pipes

Now that the inside of the pipes is devoid of water, you want to give the outside the same treatment. It might be a good idea to put a towel down around the work area just in case of any nasty surprises.

Take a dry cloth and wipe down the exterior of the pipe. The pipe must be completely dry before you can continue.

Step 3: Cover The Pinhole

Use your putty knife to slide a small amount of epoxy over the entire leaking area. After this, take your rubber and place it directly over the pinhole. So if the water were turned on again, you would be able to stop the water from spurting out.

You will now put the metal clamp over the rubber to bend it down, so the rubber is kept firmly in place.

Tighten said clamp and allow the rubber to set for about an hour.

After that hour has passed, remove the clamps and replace it with water resistant tape. The rubber itself should now be firmly set and fine as it is, but the tape gives it a second layer of protection in case the water manages to find a gap in the rubber to sneak through.

Step 4: Turn the Water Back On

Switch the water valve back on.

If the following steps have been done correctly, you will find that the leak will be fixed and your pipes working like new!

Again, please note that this is a temporary quick fix. You should closely monitor the situation afterward to decide whether to take further action that requires more professional expertise. Also, take care to note if there’s anything surrounding the pipe area that may have caused the problem externally, and thus could cause the issue again.

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Modern Advances in Home Plumbing
led toilet

Very few people think of plumbing as an industry full of modern technological advances, however, some plumbing companies are becoming increasingly creative in their efforts to keep up with user demands for cheaper, greener, and more efficien

Very few people think of plumbing as an industry full of modern technological advances, however, some plumbing companies are becoming increasingly creative in their efforts to keep up with user demands for cheaper, greener, and more efficient plumbing solutions. Not to be forgotten, luxury and convenience are playing an increasing role in the designs of modern plumbing technologies. Here are some of the latest advances in home plumbing:

Motion Sensing Faucets and Toilets

In an effort to minimize water consumption the plumbing industry has eagerly embraced advances motion sensing technologies. In an effort to cut down on wasted water, a commodity that will only be rising in price, many companies have created motion sensing toilets and faucets that will only dispense water in the presence of human motion. These improvements not only cut costs but also help the environment and local sewage facilities by reducing waste.

Tank-less Water Heaters

Tank-less water heaters are exactly what they sound like. Water heating systems that don’t rely on a massive tank of preheated water to deliver water at the requested temperature. Instead, these systems work by instantly heating water on demand. This saves energy by only heating water when it is needed, and not during the many hours of the day when nobody is home. Read this super guide on how to buy a water heater for your home here.

LED Toilet Seats

led toilet

Not all of the advances in home plumbing systems help protect the environment. Luxury also plays a significant role in the trends of the industry. One new addition has been the installation of LEDs in toilet seats and sinks. These lights gently illuminate the bathroom and allow people to use the toilet without turning on bright lights at night. Additionally, multi-colored LEDs in sinks can help prevent painful burns or cold shocks by alerting users to the faucets water temperature without the need to test by hand. How this lead toilet seat works can be seen on the video under the article.

Grey Water System

Grey water is water that, while still considered waste, can be easily treated and used for a secondary purpose in the home. While costly to install, grey water systems can help a household save money in the long term and help the environment by greatly reducing the amount of water consumed and waste created. One example of a residential use for grey water is to flush toilets. TheGuardian wrote a great article if greywater systems can really reduce your bills.

While plumbing may sometimes seems like a slow moving, prehistoric, industry, it is in fact jumping with leaps and bounds to improve our comfort, save us money, and help protect our environment.

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