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Understanding and Facing 3 Common Plumbing Emergencies

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Moving, heating, and disposing of water and waste are all key tasks of your home's plumbing system. Because the various drains, fixtures, appliances, and pipes are constantly working for you and your family, issues may arise at one point in time.

Certain issues, such as a dripping faucet, can be repaired rather quickly and easily. If not addressed, other issues have the potential of causing serious damage to your home and health. You can save yourself a great deal of stress and property damage if you learn what to do when these plumbing emergencies arise.

This guide, along with your plumber's help, will prepare you to face some of the most common plumbing emergencies.

1. Toilet Clog/Overflowing Toilet

Most people will experience a toilet clog at one point in time. Whether the clog is from too much toilet tissue, flushing something that should not have been flushed, or an issue with your toilet's mechanisms clogs are actually more common than people think.

Use a plunger to try and release the clog. If the plunger is not working and the water is starting to fill up the bowl, you need to act before the water spills over onto the floor.

Remove the lid from the toilet tank and push the flapper down to secure the opening, which prevents more water from filling into the toilet bowl. Then, locate the water shut-off valve behind the toilet. Turn the valve to stop water from flowing to the toilet.

After turning the water off, try to plunge the clog free again. If the clog will still not release, call your plumber, since an auger may be necessary to remove the clog.

Remember that periodic clogs are not a cause for concern. However, if your toilet is constantly clogging, there may be an issue in your toilet drain or the interior components.

2. Blocked/Overflowing Sink Drains

A clog in your sink drain can also cause water to overflow onto your cabinets and floors, which can cause costly water damage. Fortunately, handling this emergency will require steps similar to handling your clogged toilet.

Plungers are helpful in some instances, but many plumbers recommend using an auger to release a clog in a sink drain. Augers are long and flexible, making them easier to move deep down into the sink drain and underlying pipes

To get started, locate the water valve under your sink to stop any flow of water through the faucet and pipes. Place a bucket under the p-trap pipes and a few old towels to catch any water and debris.

Disconnect the p-trap and the arm that extends from the p-trap to the opening in the wall under your sink. Place the end of the auger into this opening until you reach the end and crank the auger tool clockwise, pushing forward at the same time to release the clog.

Talk with your plumber about drain cleaning services if your sink drains clog up frequently. Drain cleaning services offer a thorough cleaning of all drains, reducing all buildup of waste, food, and grease to ensure you do not experience constant clogs.

3. Burst Pipe

Freezing temperatures, hard water, and faulty installation can all cause a pipe to burst. And, unfortunately, a burst pipe can lead to enormous water damage and expensive repairs.

As soon as you believe a pipe has burst, close the valve of the water main to stop all water flow into your home. Then, contact your plumber to locate and repair the pipe.

Depending on the cause of a burst pipe, you should talk to your plumber about insulation or hard water treatments to prevent the pipe from bursting in the future.

Contact First Choice Plumbing Solutions for information on preventing and repairing these common plumbing emergencies.