Poorly Fitting Pipes, Leaks, Your Home, And You: What To Do

Some older homes have experienced some major repair issues in the past for which you are not aware when you bought your older home. When these repairs are done by the previous homeowners, they may be done incorrectly or poorly. You will not discover that fact until you need a plumber or other repair technician to fix something in the house. In the case of previously and improperly fit pipes and leaks in your home, here is what you need to do. 

Turn the Water off to the Pipes that Feed to the Leak

All pipes in any home have water channeled to them from a source. All of the source pipes have valves to close off the water. When the leak is too much to handle with buckets, find the valve that shuts off the water that feeds the leaking pipe. Turn it off. Then the bucket you put under the leaking pipe will be able to catch any slow drips until the plumber arrives. 

Call a Plumber, Preferably During the Week 

Call a plumber. Pick one that can come as soon as possible without classifying your pipe issue as an emergency. It is also a good idea if you can wait until Monday through Friday, when most plumbers are on the clock for their regular rates. When the plumber arrives, he/she will check the pipes to confirm or deny if the problem is pipes that are improperly replaced and improperly fit. 

Improperly Fit Pipes and What Comes Next

Improperly fit pipes are a hodge-podge of poor DIY work by previous owners of the house. They will intentionally try to fit one-inch pipe with seven-eighths pipe, three-quarter inch pipe with half-inch pipe, etc. Your plumber will remove all of the ill-fitted pipe and replace it with pipes that are all well-fitted and well-suited to the plumbing in the area where the leak is occurring. The joiners and the gaskets used will all fit well, too. Your plumber will also use plumber's tape and plumber's rubber cement to create impenetrable seals at the connecting points of the pipes. 

If necessary, the plumber may need to cut larger holes in the wall to accommodate pipes that fit together better and are more appropriate to the plumbing fixture (e.g., sink, tub, toilet, etc.). This allows the plumber to install pipes that the previous owner could not properly fit through these spaces before. It also allows the best fit for all the new pipes the plumber installs.