Emergency plumbing situations are often unexpected, and stressful, and don’t occur only during business hours, but luckily emergency plumber services are available 24.7 with Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating. As a homeowner, you already know that emergencies happen, and knowing you have a 24 hour plumber you trust on call to help is comforting. There are some very common emergency plumber calls that we get, and we wanted to offer some helpful tips.
Here are the top 5 most common emergency plumber situations and tips to avoid/deal with them –
A Burst Pipe – This is a common, and potentially large problem. A rapid flow of water usually comes with a burst pipe, and that’s where things can get serious. The more water that expels from this pipe, the more damages that will occur.
Locate your water shutoff value. Knowing where this valve is, is extremely important, because if you experience any sort of flooding or water entering your home from a burst pipe, the first thing you should do is shut off this valve to stop the flow of water. As mentioned above, the more water that enters your home, the more potential for damage. A proactive tip to aid in preventing the need for emergency plumber services for issues like a burst pipe, is to maintain and service your plumbing/pipes regularly. Be sure to correct any plumbing problems that may arise (no matter how small) immediately, to avoid larger issues.
A Frozen Pipe – This is a common problem in homes that are sitting with no current owner or that are vacant. But, it can occur in an occupied home as well. This is more likely to happen during extremely cold days/months, and is often what leads to a burst pipe.
The best way to prevent a pipe from freezing is to insulate around the pipe, especially when located along the outside walls of your home where it’s likely coldest. Another tip would be to leave a trickle of water running during very cold periods, as flowing water doesn’t freeze as easily as sitting water.
Leaking Plumbing Fixture – Your fixtures are the devices that are connected to a plumbing system to deliver and drain water; bathtubs, sinks, hoses, urinals, showers, etc. Most commonly, when a fixture is leaking it is due to something (like hair) being caught in the trap, or the fixture is old and in need of replacement.
Turn off your main water valve to stop dripping and while repairing the problem. It is a good idea to contact your professional 24 hour plumber for this, to ensure that the source of the problem is located and repaired correctly. You may want to consider drain covers to avoid items, like hair, from clogging the trap. If you suspect your fixture is just old or faulty, your professional can identify this, and replace the fixture properly for you.
Clogged Drain Or Toilet – The typical cause of a clogged drain or a slow drain, especially a clogged tub or shower drain, is hair buildup. When it comes to your toilet, monitoring what is flushed down it is key.
Do not flush foreign objects or unsafe items down your toilet drain, especially if you have a septic system. Making use of drain covers or being proactive in removing hair and other items that could clog the drain after each use is important. When it comes to your sinks, what you rinse in them can have a direct effect in their functionality. Avoid rinsing substances like grease, paints, left over food, and other items that could lead to serious clogs or blockages. If you notice that your drains are clogged, think twice before using a chemical DIY clogged drain solution, as they can do more damage than good.
If you have no hot water, you will want to contact your plumber as soon as possible. There are several potential causes of the loss of hot water in your home, and the most important way to ensure a proper fix, is to properly identify the problem first.
At Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating, we understand that emergency plumbing situations cannot wait, and because of that, we are a 24 hour plumber for emergency services to help ease the stress of discovering a flood, a burst pipe, an overflowing toilet, no hot water, no heat, etc. We hope that emergencies in your home do not happen often, but we also understand that things happen unexpectedly, and we want you to feel comfort in the fact that we are here to help at any time. For your 24 hour plumber needs, contact Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating!