How to Fix Broken Plumbing Pipes
Most plumbing problems occur at or near such fixtures as sinks, tubs, and
toilets. Sometimes, however, the pipes themselves are the root of the problem.
Pipes can be temperamental — they can leak, sweat, freeze, or make loud
To fix broken plumbing, you’ll first determine the type of plumbing pipe in
need of repair. This can include copper pipe for water lines and plastic drain
pipe. Fix broken copper pipes by cutting the pipe at the leak and then
installing a compression fitting and a new section of pipe. Broken plastic
pipes can be fixed by cutting off the bad pipe and then joining new sections
of pipe together. Both projects are within do-it-yourselfers’ capabilities.
If you discover water running in your home where it is not supposed to be,
there are a few things you should do immediately. The first thing is to shut
off the main water supply to your home. This valve is usually located in your
basement or in a recessed area in your home that is facing the street where
your utility supplies are plumbed in. After the main water supply is off,
contact your local plumbers who will find and fix the problem.
You can trust a good plumber to know exactly where to look for a pipe break.
It may take some time, but he or she will eventually track it down. It is
important to have an experienced technician repair your pipe breaks. Copper
piping requires soldering, which uses extreme heat. Because of that, it is an
art form that requires experience and knowledge in order to do it correctly
and safely. Additionally, a plumbing technician will have the proper tools to
For an experience plumber in the Chicago area, call (312) 651-6984.