Tuesday Tips – Plumbing

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Tuesday Tips

Have you ever worked with plumbing? Has your spouse?
When it comes down to electricity and plumbing, I get very nervous doing our own remodeling. To me those should be left to a trained professional. Sadly, they also cost a lot of money to update as well.
We’ve come down to the last few steps of our kitchen remodel. We could’ve been done last week actually, except that the plumbing to the kitchen sink was giving us a pretty hard time. I wish I’d taken a before picture, but I of course didn’t think we’d hit that many problems.
Every time we turned the water back on, the tubes would pop out and spray water everywhere.  It was quite the mess really. Finally, after 3 days and a lot of white tape, we had it! We had one small leak, but it was just a drip.
Or so we thought. Sunday night, I found the Princesses dresses pretty wet. I thought as my mom had done laundry that maybe she just hung them up to dry, so I just moved them from the closet to my line dryer.
I should’ve used my brain a little better.  Monday morning when I went to get clothes for Princess R, I found a sopping wet carpet, and ALL the girls dresses soaked. Plus, Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit (my two favorite games) completely ruined.  Of course at this point Mark was gone to work and couldn’t come home. I found every dry towel we had, and made a facebook plea for fans. I hauled our massive shop vac down the stairs and started sucking the water up the best I could as well.
Thankfully, a neighbor came over and was kind enough to spend 5hours working on our plumbing.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to stop all the leaks either.
Finally, a certified, licensed plumber was called in. After another 1-2 hours the plumbing under our sink was completely replaced and brought up to code.
Now our problem is fixing the carpet in the basement….again….I feel like we’re back to last year and the flood we had from a frozen pipe.
So my dear readers, all this to bring you today’s Tuesday Tip.
If you’ve never worked with plumbing, or your plumbing is many years old, don’t touch it. If you think you can figure it out, give it a try, but after 24 hours, I suggest you stop and bring in the professionals. Most importantly though, if you think it’s just a drip, think again. Turn off the water, and get it taken care of before you find a flood elsewhere in your house.

12 thoughts on “Tuesday Tips – Plumbing

  1. ugh the plumbing in my building here SUCKS!!! They're constantly fixing things and shutting the water off, it was built in 1965 and every suite is owned by different people so renovations happen in pieces it seems. IRRITATING!! lol

  2. It's so nice of your neighbor to try fixing your kitchen plumbing. True, when it's more than just a leak, leave it to licensed plumbers. I'm glad that your sink has been fixed. This is certainly a lesson for every homeowner.

  3. You couldn’t have said it any better. Leaks are very difficult to work with especially when you couldn’t find the source, so it’s better to leave it into capable hands. Yes, you might be spending some money, but the relief and security you’ll experience is worth every penny.

  4. Well, you're absolutely correct on that one. If you don't know how to repair your leaky pipes and even have doubts doing it, make sure to call a plumber to do it for you. But on the other hand, if you think you can come up with a solution, might as well give it a try. Look for tips on the Internet to guide you with your DIY.

  5. I’m sorry that your plumbing caused so much trouble! Having what seems to be a leak turn into a small flood is not something I would wish on my worst enemy. I do like your advice to call a plumber if you don’t know what you’re doing, though. Problems can easily go from bad to worse if they aren’t properly dealt with, so professional help can actually be a cost efficient option when it comes to plumbing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Plumbers who have been in business any length of time can and will give you references. If they cannot, or will not, then consider looking elsewhere. Talking with past customers is one of the best ways to accurately gage the quality of the plumber’s work.

  7. Always best to bring in a professional, this can be a very technical process, and cost more money, in the long run, trying to do it yourself.

  8. My drain in my kitchen is clogged, and I’ve tried to be careful with what goes down it, so I don’t know what exactly the problem is. Thanks for pointing out that it’s easy for a plumber to fix and that they might just need a snake that manages to loosen the clog. I’ll have to find a professional to clean my drain for me and get it back to working right. Nathan

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