How to fix your plumbing: The hard stuff
Posted by The Washington Post on Saturday, March 12, 2019 03:03:39If you’ve ever tried to repair a leaking gas or electric line, you’ve likely had to deal with plumbing issues.
The following article will walk you through the basics of how to repair your plumbing, whether it’s a leaky valve or faulty gas pipes, and how to get the most out of your home plumbing system.
First, let’s discuss how to fix a leaking valve.
When you get a leak, you may need to dig out the offending item.
If the leak is on the outside of the pipe, you’ll have to remove the offending object and replace it.
If there is no defect, you can just leave the offending part where it is.
A leaking valve can be repaired by taking the affected part and using the proper tools to pry it out.
If you don’t have any specialized tools, you could use the following tools to remove a leak from your pipes:Step 1: Remove the valveStep 2: Cut a hole for the new valveStep 3: Remove any existing pipes that may have a problem with the valve or pipesYou may need a utility knife to cut a hole in the wall or in the ceiling to get to the valve.
The valve itself can be cut with a utility blade or by using a hammer.
Once you’ve removed the valve, you should see a thin tube running down the outside.
You can also cut a slit in the tube to access the inside.
The tube will need to be able to be opened to get inside to the inside of the valve and open the valve with a small drill.
You may also need a small screwdriver or screwdriver bit to remove or loosen a pipe.
You may also have to drill a small hole in a pipe to get a small piece of the new pipe to flow out.
Step 4: Replace the valveThe valve may have to be replaced on the inside to keep it from leaking.
If it is leaking, you must replace the valve inside.
You’ll need to use a screwdriver to pull the valve out.
You might also need to replace the pipe that’s inside the valve to get it to work properly.
Step 5: Check for leaksStep 6: Check to see if it’s safe to useStep 7: Apply a sealantStep 8: Use the valve againStep 9: Let it run for a while, then check it outStep 10: Apply the sealantTo fix a leak in your gas, electric, or plumbing system, you need to first check to see that the valve is safe to operate.
There are a few things you can check to make sure the valve isn’t leaking:If the valve doesn’t leak, then it probably isn’t a problem.
If a leak is detected, it’s likely to be a problem because of a bad seal.
For example, if you have a leaking water pipe in your home, you might have a bad water leak that’s leaking into your home’s pipes.
If your water line is leaking into a vent, that vent may be leaking into the plumbing system and into your house.
If you don’ t see a leak with your plumbing system or the valve won’t work, you have to make a repair to the leak.
If this is the case, you will need a replacement valve.
Remove the leakStep 2.
Cut a small slit in a tube to open the insideStep 3.
Remove any pipes that might have an issue with the leak (a leaky pipe may not need to have a hole drilled in the pipe for you to use tools)Step 4.
Remove all the old pipes that have a defect or leak that needs to be fixed (e.g., pipe that runs on a metal pipe)Step 5.
Use the screwdriver, tool, or drill to open up the valve (or if it has a hole to pierce the tube)Step 6.
Apply a small amount of sealant (usually 2 to 3 percent)Step 7.
Use your screwdriver and tool to pare away any excess materialStep 8.
Replace the pipe (or valve) if neededStep 9.
Check for leakage (if it’s still a problem)Step 10.
Apply the sealing agentStep 11.
Let the leak run for awhile, then see if the valve still worksStep 12.
Apply and re-use the sealantsStep 13.
Check the seal with a screw driver or the hole you drilled outStep 14.
Re-apply the sealStep 15.
Let it continue to run for about a weekStep 16.
Check it out againStep 17.
If any leakage has been detected, you are safe to continue the repairStep 18.
Reinstall the valve once the leak has been fixedStep 19.
Check to make it safe to re-operateStep 20.
Let a repair run for several monthsStep 21.
If leaks are still present, you’re safe to apply