Facing an overflowing toilet or a leaky pipe can be extremely scary if you don’t know what to do.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are having an emergency plumbing situation.
Follow the do’s and don’ts of emergency plumbing
to save on water and money:
- With leaky fixtures and burst pipes the first and sometimes only effective action to take is close off the water shut off valve.
- Insulate pipes that may be exposed to low temperatures to keep them from freezing and splitting up. This should be done before the winter happens.
- Gently thaw freezing pipes with a blow dryer but never with a naked flame to prevent thermal expansion of water that can also split open pipes.
- If you think your toilet is leaking; put several drops of food dye in the water tank and let it sit. Come back in about an hour to check the toilet – if you see color dye in the bowl then your toilet is leaking.
- Try and clean out sediment accumulation in the water heater on a regular basis to prevent clogs that restrict hot water supply to the relevant fixtures.
- Pour boiling water down the toilet unless you want the bowl to crack open.
- Throw big objects, diapers, sanitary towels, toys down the toilets. Anything that is not tissue paper can clog the toilet’s drain and cause plumbing emergencies from overflowing toilets to sewer backups.
- Plant any vegetation over sewer lines.
- Throw thick material down the garbage disposer. Some examples are: Onion skins, celery, artichokes and more fibrous peels can clog the disposer’s blades and cause motor burn outs.
- Pour cooking fats, oils and grease down the kitchen’s drain to avoid stubborn blockages. This also includes yummy bacon grease. Keep it in a glass jar till full then throw it in the garbage.
- Ignore leaky plumbing as doing so can lead to emergency plumbing issues which can escalate the cost of repairs.
By following to the do’s and don’ts of our plumbing article, you can reduce chances that a plumbing emergency will break out in your home or business. You’ll be able to save your money and water by knowing what you can do and what you can’t do in an emergency plumbing situation.
If you do need an emergency plumber; make sure to call King Rooter Inc!