Common Plumbing Fault Advice from M Plumbing

M Plumbing is an independent, family run, professional and qualified Plumbing business who serves Manchester and the surrounding areas. We have compiled some common plumbing fault advice to help you when you are having a plumbing issue.

Leaks & Burst Pipes Plumbing Fault Advice – Pipes are most likely to burst after freezing temperatures. The pipes expand as the water freezes and they are then put under pressure, causing them to crack as the frozen water expands or as the pipes are defrosting and the water is run again. Leaks can come from a leaking dishwasher, washing machine or an overflowing blocked toilet. If you have a water leak, turn off your water and electricity at the mains and clear up the wastewater as quickly as you can as it can cause significant damage to your floor, walls and belongings and then quickly call a plumber. A plumber will quickly establish where the leak has come from or which pipe has burst and will be able to rectify it quickly using their plumbing knowledge and tools.

Broken Toilet Plumbing Fault Advice – A broken toilet is really not nice and if the basin breaks it can cause a huge amount of wastewater leaking onto your floor and, or water stains on a ceiling below the bathroom. Toilets can sometimes leak slowly and you won’t always know about it straight away which can cause you a lot of problems and smells later down the line. If your toilet has a big leak then switch off your mains water and electricity straight away and then clear up the water as quickly as you can. If it is a smaller and slower leak then you can normally turn off your toilet water supply at the back of your toilet. Your best bet is to then call a plumber out who will quickly establish what the issue is and efficiently repair it with minimal mess and lack of toilet facilities.

Blocked Toilet Plumbing Fault Advice – A blocked toilet is really not nice. If your toilet is blocked it can fill to the brim and when flushed it can overflow. Give the water level 10 minutes or so to drop and then try using a plunger to see if you can unblock it. If it doesn’t drain then don’t flush it again as the water will overflow and cause you a lot of nasty mess. Call an emergency plumber who will be able to unblock it quickly and will know where the blockage is coming from, either the toilet pipe bend or further down into your waste pipe.

Moving a Radiator Plumbing Fault Advice – Moving a radiator ultimately comes down to you, whether you want to give it a go and if you have the plumbing knowledge to tackle the job. You need basic plumbing knowledge and an understanding of the fundamental principles of a central heating system to move a radiator. If you do decide to do it yourself then be prepared for anything to happen when you are doing it. Our advice is that you call a plumber and ask them for a quote to move it for you. They will have the knowledge to know how complicated the job is and the equipment and experience to do it as well.

Leaking Radiator Plumbing Fault Advice – There can be many places a radiator can leak from and your first job is to find out where the leak is.  Dry the radiator with a towel so you can see where the leak is as it is easy to misidentify the source of a leak when a radiator is wet. A leaking radiator may seem simple to repair however you need to understand the workings of a radiator to do this effectively. If you do decide to repair it yourself then you will need to prepare for water to gush out when you start repairing it, so put a lot of towels on the floor around the radiator and use a large pot to catch as much water as you can. If you have a slow leaking radiator then you should get it fixed quickly as is can damage your floor or walls, or even worse the water can gush out resulting in the dirty water from the radiator and pipes soiling the area. Our advice is to call a local plumber who will quickly establish what the problem is and how they can fix it.

Radiator Replacement Plumbing Fault Advice – Replacing a radiator is much like moving a radiator, however, you should already have the correct and required piping in place. It is a big job and your radiator and pipes will need to be drained before you start. You will often need plumbing tools that you don’t have in your toolbox to replace a radiator so it’s always a good idea to call a professional plumber who can efficiently replace your radiator with minimal mess.

Shower Replacement Plumbing Fault Advice – If you are fitting an electric shower then you need to be qualified to work with electrics safely. If you call a plumber to do this sometimes complicated job then they should be Part P certified, which means they are qualified to fit electric showers. If they aren’t then you would need to find one who is or an electrician who can do the electric part of the fitting. In light of this, we would advise you call a plumber to replace an electric or non-electric shower as it can be a fiddly and complicated job, as well as being dangerous if you don’t have the knowledge and equipment to do it safely.

Leaking Ball Valve Plumbing Fault Advice – A leaking ball valve can show when your overflow pipe is leaking and it may indicate that you have a problem with the float valve. The float valve is usually a plastic ball at the end of a metal arm in your water tank and it is usually found in your loft or airing cupboard. It controls the water level of the tank and will cause your overflow pipe to leak if it’s faulty. If you think you have a leaking ball valve then its best to call out a plumber who will identify if this is actually the problem and have the equipment and knowledge to repair it quickly and safely.

Tap Installation Plumbing Fault Advice – Replacing a tap can be relatively easy if you have basic plumbing knowledge and experience, and a good set of plumbing tools. If you feel you don’t have these components then a good plumber will be able to replace a tab for you quickly and at a minimal cost.

Slow Drainage Plumbing Fault Advice – Slow-moving or lack of drainage is common in bathroom and kitchen sinks and are normally because of blocked drains or pipes. The problem is caused by hair, soap scum and food waste getting caught on the stopper or pivot rod subsequently causing a blockage in the pipes or drains. The first thing to try is a good sink or drain unblocker and follow the instructions. If this doesn’t ease the blockage then its best to call a plumber as you may need more professional help.

Plumbing Fault AdviceLeaking Taps or Repair Plumbing Fault Advice – Fixing even a small leak from a tap can save you litres and litres of water in a year, as well as a build-up of limescale and water damage to units and surfaces. A dripping or leaking tap usually means that the taps washer needs replacing, however, it can also be caused by a damaged valve seating. Both of these jobs are relatively easy to attempt yourself but is even quicker for a plumber to identify and repair quickly, efficiently and at a minimal cost.

Pipe Reconnection Plumbing Fault Advice – You can reconnect internal pipes easily yourself if you have the right pipes to use and some plumbing tools. A mains water pipe should always be done by a professional plumber and sometimes this needs to be done by your water supplier if it is outside of your property boundary, a qualified plumber will be able to advise you on this so it’s always a good idea to check before you do anything.

Replacing an External Tap Plumbing Fault Advice – Again, much like replacing an internal tap this is a relatively easy job if you have some plumbing knowledge and a good set of tools. There is usually a tangle of waste pipes and hot and cold water feed pipes under your sink which connect to an outside tap so this can make it more tricky. A good plumber will replace or fit an outside tap quickly and it won’t cost a huge amount.

Leaking Ceiling Plumbing Fault Advice – If you notice a leak coming through a ceiling, or a watermark then you should turn off your water at the mains and call quickly your local plumber. You never know how bad the leak is and if the water builds then it can quickly come through and damage your ceiling and belongings. There are often electrical wires that run through a ceiling for connection to the mains supply or for lighting, so always turn off your electricity at the mains as soon as you are aware there is a leak and quickly call an emergency plumber.

Water Tank Leaks Plumbing Fault Advice – A leaking water tank is easy enough to fix if you have the time and experience to do it, however, it can be dangerous as a significant amount of pressure builds within your tank and will cause the T&P Valve to release scalding steam and water. The drain valve which is located near the bottom of your tank can leak from deterioration over time. Again a good plumber will quickly identify where the issue is and be able to fix it quickly for you meaning you don’t have to go without hot water and heating for a prolonged period of time.

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