Emergency plumbing repairs can really put a damper on your daily plans. From burst pipes to clogged drains, unforeseen plumbing problems can be a costly nuisance. So what can you do to handle emergency plumbing issues?
Plumbing Emergency Kit
You should always consult a professional plumber to resolve plumbing problems. But, while you wait for them to arrive, it’s useful to have an emergency plumbing kit at home.
Always keep a bucket and some old towels at home. In the event of a burst pipe or over-flowing toilet, you can at least minimize water damage and get the situation under control.
Plumbers’ putty or a strong adhesive tape can be used to temporarily seal leaks in faucets and pipe fittings.
A wrench is also a handy tool. You can carefully tighten washers and fittings around sinks, showerheads and faucets. However, you may need a specialized wrench to sort out issues with your garbage disposal or other hard-to-reach pipes. Your plumber will have the right tools for the job, so if your regular wrench isn’t going to work, just call a pro.
Know Your Home
Know where the shut-off valves are located in your home. Being able to turn off the water supply to a leaking or burst pipe can prevent serious water damage in your house or garden.
A good idea is to keep a shut-off valve ‘map’ handy in your home (in a kitchen drawer, for example) so you know which valves control which pipes and appliances. You can also label each valve in your home, making it easier to identify the right valves in an emergency.
You should also know where your clean out locations are. These are access points for your sewerage and main pipes. They are often located outside, and may be covered by your lawn. You may have to do some investigating to find clean out points, but they are usually along the property line.
In the event of sewer leakage, the ability to direct your plumber to the clean out drain makes their job that little bit easier, so they can resolve your plumbing issue quickly and efficiently.
The best way to deal with emergency problems is to prevent them! This means having routine maintenance done, usually annually or bi-annually.
Be pro-active about home maintenance. Pay attention to small issues that could become large ones. If you notice any unpleasant odors rising from kitchen or bathroom sinks, for example, this could indicate that a blockage is developing slowly somewhere in the drain pipes. The same applies to sinks, showers, and baths that drain slowly.
A sudden drop in water pressure, whether localized or throughout your home, could indicate corroded or burst pipes. It’s easy to ignore something like this when the change is minimal, or you don’t notice any leaks. But the problem could be with pipes buried under the house or yard. Call your plumber and have an inspection before it gets worse.
Call Your Plumber
Don’t let emergency plumbing problems ruin your life. Call your local plumber at the first signs of trouble, before they become serious and do irreparable damage to your property.
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