Plumbing Tip- Compression Pipe Fitting Leak

We like to give general plumbing tips to people.  We think that there are some good YouTube videos out there that can really help people learn how to do lots of different stuff on their own.  Check out this video, which goes over what to do about a leaking compression pipe fitting.  I think it’s good stuff and I think you will too.

 

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Can You Do Things Yourself?

A lot of people ask us whether there are certain situations that arise related to plumbing where they can just try to fix the problem themselves.  The answer is that yes, there definitely are circumstances that can call for doing things by yourself.  If your bath tub is clogged up, there’s probably no reason to call an emergency plumber and get someone out to your home.

However, I would say that the general rule should be that if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you can’t easily find the answer on Google, you definitely shouldn’t try to do the plumbing yourself.  It’s best to leave the work to professionals if there is any doubt out there whatsoever.

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The worst case scenario would be if you try to fix something by yourself and end up making the problem worse.  Don’t be the person who does that.

There can also be a middle ground.  If you have major flooding of your plumbing system, then you can and should shut off the valve that is the source of the water going into your house.  You should also call a plumber to come out and fix the root cause of the issue.

There’s no set answer, but if you aren’t comfortable, it’s best to leave it up to the professionals.

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Compilation Of Plumbing Disasters

We here at Best 24 Hour Plumbing like to keep things lighthearted.  Plumbing wouldn’t be a lot of fun if we couldn’t joke around every once in a while.  We came across this video and wanted to share what we found.  Check out this video for a good laugh.

Doing plumbing yourself is sometimes an innocent undertaking, but sometimes, as the video shows quite well, it can go horribly wrong.  Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this video!

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When Doing Your Own Plumbing Goes Horribly Wrong

There are definitely certain situations in which I would recommend you should just try to fix your plumbing issues by yourself.  If you have something as innocent as a clogged drain, then you can definitely just fix it yourself.  In other situations, however, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.  This video shows one of those times.  Enjoy.

Let this be a cautionary tale that you shouldn’t try to do too much by yourself.  DIY plumbing is something you should do with caution, unless it’s something really simple and innocent.

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Prepare Yourself For The Worst

A lot of people have really terrible experiences when they face a major plumbing issue in their home or apartment.  For the most part, if those people had just done some basic preparations, they would have been able to avoid all the terror that comes with a plumbing disaster.  Here are some tips on how to make a plumbing issue not as bad as it could be.

Know How To Shut Off Your Water

If you have major leaking or flooding from a plumbing issue, it’s important to know exactly where the valve is that can shut off your water.  That will fix the situation temporarily and will bide you time for the plumber to come and fix the root cause.

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Know Who Your Plumber Is

It’s good to know which plumber will be able to come out to your place immediately when you need them.  We are available at all hours, so we feel that we are always a good option and will always be reliable for you.  If not us, then make sure you can rely on whoever will be responsible for fixing the plumbing issue.

Arm Yourself With Basic Knowledge

There’s really a lot that you can learn from YouTube videos and other basic sources.  You can learn a lot about basic plumbing just by doing some searching on the Internet.  It may not seem like the most fun hobby to have, but if you can arm yourself with general plumbing knowledge, then maybe you can prevent a plumbing disaster from happening, or at least you’ll be able to react to it more quickly.  We’re of course pretty biased, but I don’t see any downside from equipping yourself with general plumbing knowledge.

That’s really about it.  Some plumbing issues are inevitable, but you can definitely prevent some from happening and otherwise know how to react optimally when the situations do arise.

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Fixing A Blocked Up Sink

As I’ve mentioned before, there are a lot of plumbing issues that will arise where you just don’t need to call a plumber.  Generally, unless you have a big or pressing issue, you can just google what the issue and find a pretty good solution that you can just carry out yourself.  Fixing a bathroom or kitchen sink that has gotten blocked up isn’t the most complex situation that could arise.  This video will go through some basic steps on how you can fix the issue yourself.  Give it a look.

I hope this video was pretty informative.  You can always just use Drano or some other type of drain cleaner.  This video presents alternatives for you as well.

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When Your Shower Drain Gets Clogged

This will happen to you at some point no matter where you are living.  Unless you are completely hairless, your shower drain will slowly get clogged.  Hair naturally accumulates over time, and if you don’t do anything to combat it, you are going to be faced with a clogged shower drain.  What to do about it, you ask?  Well, there’s any number of ways to fix it.  You could just go to the local CVS and get some Drano.  That usually will do the trick, although sometimes it might take multiple tries before you can get everything completely cleared up.  Check out this video for my advice.

There’s more than one way to skin this cat.  It shouldn’t be a situation where you have to call a plumber to your house.  A lot of plumbing can actually be done by yourself, if you know what you are doing.  A clogged shower drain is no exception.

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A Toilet That Doesn’t Flush

Not every plumbing situation that arises requires a plumber to come out to see you.  In fact, a situation like when your toilet doesn’t flush is a perfect example of a scenario where you can simply go onto YouTube and find out what the answer is and just try to fix the situation yourself.  In that case, this video is a good primer for what to do if your toilet doesn’t flush.  Check it out.

As you can see, it’s not the most difficult situation in the world to try to fix a toilet that doesn’t flush.  Sometimes you can be your own plumber quite effectively.

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We Are Open On Weekends

A lot of people have asked us whether we are open on weekends.  When we say that we are available 24 hours a day, that goes whether it’s during the week or on a Sunday.  We wanted to be available truly at all times.  Plumbing disasters don’t wait for the weekend to be over.  Disasters don’t care if it’s 4 in the morning on a Saturday.  You don’t have a lot of control over when something might go wrong in your household.  We understand that quite well, so we wanted to make ourselves available at all times.

The next logical question is, don’t you have families that you want to see?  Well, of course we do.  We just have to work extra hard to make things work.  We have a team of plumbers, so we always run in shifts.  It’s not like every single plumber is on call at all times.  That would be tough to make work.  We have a good system and schedule down and so far it has worked out pretty well.

So, to answer your question, we are open on Saturday or Sunday.  If you run into an emergency situation, or you just need to have someone come out on the weekend because you are busy during the week, then don’t worry, we’ll be available to come out whenever you need us.

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Fixing A Leaky Faucet

Do you know what to do when there is a leaky faucet?  There’s nothing more annoying than going to the bathroom to hear that constant dripping sound that seems interminable.  It’s a good idea to arm yourself with the knowledge of how to fix such a situation before it ever arises.  This video goes into detail how to do exactly that.

It’s better sometimes to arm yourself with the knowledge to do things on your own, rather than have to wait and rely on a plumber.  A dripping faucet is probably one of those situations where it’s good to know how to fix things on your own.  Hopefully this video has helped you identify how to deal with that exact situation.

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