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Pittsburgh Plumber Mr. Rooter Offers Free Expert Plumbing Advice on Repairing Galvanized Pipe


Mr. Rooter Tip of The Day: Although leaks sometimes occur in the wall of a galvanized fitting, they are more typical at the threads because the threads reduce the thickness of the pipe wall by more than half.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

According to Bob Beall, master plumber and owner of Mr Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh, you can repair galvanized pipe or add taps to it just like any other pipe. “If you are replacing a union with a T-fitting, you won't have to cut the pipe, but if there's no union, or you are repairing a leak, you will,” says Beall. Cutting galvanized pipe with a hacksaw can take a long time, but a reciprocating saw will reduce the job to a few minutes.

“Cut galvanized pipe results in ends without threads,” says Mr Rooter, “and there is no good way to splice in a replacement or a T. You have to cut out a section of pipe, unscrew the resulting pieces from their respective fittings, and install a new section of non-galvanized pipe.” Mr Rooter offers free expert plumbing advice daily and adds that when making changes to a galvanized pipe, you must have threads to work with.

“Although leaks sometimes occur in the wall of a galvanized fitting, they are more typical at the threads because the threads reduce the thickness of the pipe wall by more than half,” says Beall.

The type of threads you need for the replacement fitting depends on whether you're discarding the fitting (because it leaks or you're replacing it with a different type) or keeping it. Discarding the fitting leaves male threads on a pipe end that require a female adapter. Keeping the fitting leaves female threads requiring a male adapter.

Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day

Tip #1 You have to make two cuts – one several inches away from the threads and a second at the threads themselves.

Tip #2 Use two large pipe wrenches to remove the coupling from the pipe. If the coupling is frozen (rusted on), heat it with a propane torch and then remove it.

Tip #3 Clean up the threads with a wire brush and rag. Screw on and hand tighten a female fitting appropriate to the replacement pipe.

Tip #4 Tighten the fitting with a wrench.

Tip #5 Insert the replacement pipe fully into the fitting and tighten it.

Tip #6 Follow the same steps at the other end of the new pipe, using a fitting with appropriate threads.

Beall ‘s goal is to provide affordable costs to homeowners for any of the services they may need, many of which might occur unexpectedly. Mr Rooter coupons help to achieve this goal, as well as expert plumbing advice offered daily to homeowners. Mr Rooter prides itself on excellent customer service. Fast, courteous and front line services is what you should expect. We guarantee that is what you will get and our customers always know the price before we start.

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Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter® is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company serving 2.9 million consumers in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania region. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500” and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter® provides services to both residential and commercial customers. 24/7 emergency plumbing repairs call 1-877-ROOTER2. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our Web site at . Follow Mr. Rooter on Twitter ( ), or like Mr. Rooter on Facebook (

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