How To Handle A Plumbing Emergency

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Plumbing issues are bound to happen to you at some point in time, be it at a home you rent or in a home you own. If it's in a home you rent, chances are the owner of the property or a maintenance employee is usually who you call. If you own your own home, you need to know how to handle a problem with your plumbing yourself. The smallest problem can turn into a really big problem if not handled; not to mention it could end up costing you quite a bit of money. See below for instructions on how to handle a plumbing emergency, as well as preventative maintenance tips.

Turn Off The Shut-Off Valve

If you notice that you have a leak when you turn off your kitchen or bathroom sink (even a small leak), be sure to turn off the water at the valve. The same goes for toilets, showers/tubs, or any other water source inside your home. This helps ensure that small leak won't end up costing you too much money on your next water bill. The shut off valve is usually located below the sink (or somewhere near the water source). Sometimes it has a handle valve that you can just turn to shut it off, but other types of water valves may require a tool such as a pair of pliers or a pipe wrench. Every home is different, so be sure you have the right tools at hand.

Turn Off The Main Water Line

If your leak is coming from one of your pipes beneath your home, the main water line may need to be turned off. This is especially true if the main water pipe is leaking before your homes water meter. If this is the case, call your local water company for help. They have the right tools and know-how to shut off the main supply. If the main water supply was shut off, you may need to turn off your hot water heater as well. This is important, as the water heater can over-heat if it isn't getting enough water to it. 

Make Repairs

Repair small leaks by adding plumbing tape around the leaking pipe and place a bucket beneath the pipe to help collect any water still leaking out. Then change out the leaky pipe. To change a leaky pipe, you'll need a pipe wrench to remove the old pipe and replace it with a new one. Be sure to use pipe dope or thread tape secure the joints and prevent any future leaks there. Toilet issues such as a running toilet can be repaired by purchasing a new float valve or flapper from your local hardware store. Follow the manufacturer's instructions with either of these items. Call out your local plumber for any repairs you aren't comfortable doing.

Preventative Maintenance Tips:

  • Only Flush Toilet Paper. Never flush anything other than toilet paper. Even if it says "flushable", your sewer system may not be able to handle it and could cause a blockage. Throw it away instead just to be safe.
  • Use Stoppers Or Mesh Covers. Keep large pieces of food from going down your kitchen sink drain by using the drain stopper. Also use mesh or wire covers over your bathroom sink/shower drains to prevent hair and soap scum from building up in your drain pipes.
  • Monitor Your Plumbing. Keep an eye on your plumbing and watch for leaks, water spots/stains or sewer backups. Also listen for gurgling coming from your drains, or bubbling coming from your toilet. If you see or hear anything, take action before you have a bigger problem.

Plumbing emergencies can happen to anyone. Be sure to know how to handle a plumbing issue and take care of the problem as soon as possible. For more information, contact a business such as All About Plumbing.

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17 November 2016

Home Remedies for Plumbing Problems

Hi and thanks for visiting my website. My name is Bob. I am 32 years old and single. And like many of you, I am barely making ends meet on my own. That's why I decided to create this website. I've run into a few plumbing problems in my home, and in order to save money, I found some remedies that I could do myself, rather than calling a plumber. I decided to share these secrets with you, as well as tell you when a plumber is absolutely needed. I hope my website helps all of you do-it-yourselfers when it comes to fixing your plumbing.