Common Plumbing Emergencies
In any home, there are different drains meant for specific purposes. So, knowing their functions and capabilities will go a long way in ensuring best clog prevention practices and prevent emergency plumbing that result from either clogging or other factors.
Here are the most common plumbing emergencies:
1. Clogged Sinks
It is common for homeowners to experience clogged sinks over time. Dealing with this situation requires prevention and clearing the clogs. The most common causes of clogged sinks include oils, fats, greases, and grits. When fatty substances are flushed away, the fat would congeal and build up on the interiors of the pipe that connects to the sink and grits like coffee grounds, eggshells, etc. stick to the grease. Eventually, the flow would be hindered creating an emergency when a plunger, drain cleaner, and other DIY remedies fail.
2. Clogged Toilets
Every home depends on an effective functioning of toilets. As a result, clogged toilets are a great headache and an unpleasant inconvenience. To keep your toilets from frequent clogging, avoid flushing non-flushable items, reduce toilet paper use, and keep away items that are not meant for the toilet.
3. Leaky Faucets & Toilets
Leaky faucets and toilets waste thousands of gallons of water every year. They are like a hole in a pocket causing a waste of money. While water conservation is a top priority, leaky faucets and a running toilet can waste about 20 gallons and 200 gallons of water a day, respectively. They are a plumbing emergency that must be addressed urgently to save water and money.
4. Broken Water Lines
Dealing with broken water lines is not an everyday incidence but when a water line breaks, it is an emergency requiring an urgent fix. The break could be caused by deterioration from the age of fittings and connections or damage caused by nails from construction projects. When you see wet soil in your yard or hear a hissing sound that water makes when escaping from connections, call a licensed plumber to find the source of the leak and fix it.
5. Burst Pipes
One of the most common plumbing emergencies is burst pipes in the water system either in the home or public system. Several factors may be responsible for the problem but freezing condition is considered as the main cause. When a pipe breaks in your home, minimize damages by turning off the water supply and all electrics in the home and call a professional plumber to repair the damage.
6. Sewer Back Up
A sewer back up will not only damage your property but also threaten your health. Major causes of a sewer system backup include blockages caused by tree roots intrusion and other common pipe threats.
Common Signs of a Sewer Back Up:
1. Water backup from the toilet, shower, or sink drain
2. Strong sewage odor coming from the drains or outside the home
3. Bubbling sound coming from the toilet or drains
Whenever any of the above common plumbing emergencies arises, call a licensed plumber to identify the cause and fix the problem.
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