Don't Waste Money On Temporary Plumbing Fixes

Posted on: 9 July 2019

Plumbing problems can be costly and inconvenient. Discovering that a pipe is leaking or a drain is clogged can be frustrating. Some homeowners think they can apply a temporary fix to a plumbing problem instead of calling on the services of an emergency plumber.

While a temporary fix could provide some relief, many of these remedies can cause further damage that will increase the cost of repairs in the future. Don't waste your money on temporary fixes when a professional plumber is just a phone call away.


Leaks are one of the more troubling plumbing problems you can face. Water leaking from damaged pipes can soak through wood and drywall, leaving your home susceptible to mold and mildew growth. If you are thinking of putting epoxy on the pipe to seal off the leak, this temporary fix is not worth your time and money.

You will have to keep reapplying the epoxy to ensure an ongoing seal. Contacting an emergency plumber to replace the damaged section of pipe eliminates the need for constant maintenance and helps ensure the integrity of your plumbing system.

Repair Sleeves

You can find repair sleeves for sale in hardware and home improvement stores. The sleeve slides over a damaged pipe to help seal off any leaks. It might seem like you will save a significant amount of money by investing in some temporary repair sleeves, but these products are not designed for all leaks.

A repair sleeve can only stop the flow of leaks coming from the smallest of cracks in a pipe. If the crack is too large, water will continue to leak from underneath the sleeve. An experienced plumber can effectively replace the damaged pipe so that you don't have to worry about potential water damage in the future.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

If your first instinct upon discovering a clogged drain is to reach for a chemical drain cleaner, you are not alone. Drain cleaners are sold in many different retail stores. Although these chemical products claim to help rid your drain of any clogs preventing the flow of water and waste, you should know that they can also cause permanent damage.

Some pipe materials (like PVC or PEX) can soften when exposed to the chemicals in over-the-counter drain cleaners. The residue left behind by these cleaners can build up on the interior surfaces of pipes and contribute to additional clogs in the future.

An emergency plumber can safely and efficiently clear any clogged drain without compromising the integrity or durability of your pipes. 


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When I decided to install an irrigation system in my yard, I thought it would be an easy project. I had no idea how much was really involved in the process, from connecting the sprinkler system to the main plumbing line all the way to burying the individual lines for the sprinkler heads. After researching the entire process and learning as I went, I created this site to give others the benefit of my experience. I hope that the information here helps you be better prepared for what you can expect out of your irrigation system installation, including knowing when it's time to turn to a plumber for help.


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