November 16, 2016
Even though most plumbing problems are too complicated for a layman to handle on their own, calling a professional is not always an option. You see, every once in a while, an emergency arises and when that happens you need to react quickly. This means that you’ll have only tools that are in your household at your disposal, along with those skills that you personally possess. With this in mind, here are few plumbing emergencies you should always be prepared for.
To start off with a light-weight emergency, a clogged toilet is something that can happen to anyone. Now, sometimes, the issue will be a bit more complicated but in 9 out of 10 situations a simple plunger will do the trick. This tool costs next to nothing and operates on a simple pressure-and-suction principle. Needless to say, plungers are by far most effective in water because unlike air it doesn’t compress. Finally, toilet is not the only place that plunger can be used at, since you can also use it to unclog a sink or tub. For hygiene’s sake though, it would be smart to have at least two of them in your household.
Knowing the Whereabouts of Shut Off Valves
Another thing you need to know is the location of your shut off valves. In some situations, the damage has already been done and now it’s only about localizing the damage. This means turning off valves and placing rags and towels as barriers between the flooded area and the rest of your home. Turning the valve counter-clockwise will shut the water off in that entire section of your home, which may potentially even prevent pipes from bursting. According to people behind Your Choice Plumbers, even if you don’t have any plumbing experience, shutting off valves can at least buy you some time to call a professional.
Water Heater Hazards
While most plumbing emergencies are mainly clogging or leak hazards, when it comes to the water heater things are much more serious. Why? Well because this device uses both water and electricity in order to operate. For this reason, you need to know a safety procedure for turning off a hot water heater. The first step is shutting down its power and tagging the breaker (just to be sure). Next, you need to cool down the water and shut off the cold water supply and finally let all the hot water out. Naturally, different types of heaters require different approach, but seeing how they usually come with a manual, this shouldn’t be an issue.
You Don’t Always Need a Plumber
What this means is that just because your issue looks like a plumbing problem, doesn’t necessarily make it one. For example, some water heaters operate on gas and plumbers don’t usually deal with gas leaks. In order to recognize a plumbing problem, you need to know the symptoms and some of the most common are low water pressure, slow drains, noises or over-the-top water usage. For any of these, feel free to contact the plumber of your choice, since these particular problems may be too complicated for an average DIY repairman.
While it would be ideal to have every plumbing issue fixed by a plumber, sometimes you will need an immediate (temporary) solution. When this moment comes, it’s vital that you are well prepared. Look up some tutorial videos, get some basic plumbing gear and even ask a commercial plumber for an advice. If the problems in your household become a recurring issue, you may want to consider reworking your entire plumbing system. Sure, to some, this may seem extreme, but in the long run, it saves both your money and your nerves.