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It’s an Emergency! What to Do When You Have Plumbing Mishaps

Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball. One day, everything in your home is in mint condition and the next, you wake to a flood in the bathroom. What gives?

Since most plumbing mishaps happen without notice, knowing how to temporary correct the problem, if possible, until help arrives will save you a lot headaches and money down the road.

Clogged Toilet

If your toilet fills up but won’t flush, it’s safe to say you have a clog. Blockages are usually a result of human waste and toilet paper. Avoid potential clogs by not using too much toilet paper at one time. Most clogs can be cleared with a plunger, however, if that doesn’t work, you may need the help of a plumber.

Low Water Pressure

The only thing worse than having no hot water is having low water pressure. Most times, low water pressure is caused by sediment that’s built up over time on the aerators. To clean them, you can soak the aerator in vinegar. If your showerhead is the problem, you may need to remove it and soak it in a vinegar solution as well. If this fails to correct the issue, you may need to replace it.

Burst Pipes

When water freezes, it expands inside the pipes. When the pressure gets too high, pipes then burst. This is most likely to occur in unheated areas of your home like the garage, basement or even in outdoor spaces like around your pool. To ward off potential flooding, insulate rooms that aren’t heated, drain your pool and disconnect outdoor hoses. If you think you might have a pipe problem, be sure to find reliable pipe repair services as soon as possible.

Sewer Backup

Sewer backups are nothing short of a nightmare. They are messy, smelly and can expensive to repair. If multiple drains or toilets in your home are clogged, not working or you have the smell of human waste in your home, this is probably the issue. Unfortunately, you cannot remedy this problem on your own.

The best way to avoid plumbing woes is with regular maintenance. Even if you aren’t handy around the house, there are things you can do to prevent some of the most common plumbing issues. Routine maintenance is as simple making sure that your pipes aren’t exposed, the washers in your sinks aren’t corroded and that you remove any hair that’s left in the drain after the shower. Prevention to the key to keeping plumbing mishaps at bay.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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