How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency
The last thing anyone wants to experience is a plumbing emergency in their home. A broken pipe or a flooded basement are one of the things that can be quite upsetting because they are difficult to plan for and are oftentimes not something you can fix yourself. Of course it would also be nice if all plumbing emergencies were of the same nature. You could then follow just one series of steps to fix the problem or ensure that it got fixed. Instead, there are several common things that can go wrong with your plumbing and each situation requires a different strategy. Here are some of the most common problems:
Winter is coming on and your unprotected faucets or pipes sprung a leak: You probably don’t need another reminder to go ahead and protect your faucets. So we’ll just mention that you should look for your water main and see if there is a connection with a shutoff for your exterior faucets. If there is, turn this off. If not, you may need to shut the water down to your entire house. At that point you can further assess the damage and call a professional to come out and make repairs.
Your tub and your sinks no longer drain properly: When you have a problem with just one sink or one tub not draining, you can usually attack it with drain clearing products or tools and the problem usually goes away. If you have more than one area that isn’t draining properly, the problem is likely in the main line that runs under your house. The best thing to do is to contact a plumbing professional as they will save you time and money by locating the source of the blockage and clearing it away quickly.
Your toilet is blocked up or overflows: Toilets periodically get blocked up or overflow. Which is probably why almost every household has a plunger and have purchased some type of drain clearing product over time. Assuming that you are having no success with these products, you can shut the water off to your toilet by turning the valve that is usually located inside the vanity in your bathroom or on the wall near the toilet. After you have shut the water off, it is a good idea to contact a professional and have them come out and clear the pipes for you.
Are you ready for a plumbing emergency in the Allentown area? Call Schuler Service at (610)-434-7103 and schedule a service call today!