Emergency Plumbing 101
Nothing is worse than a sudden plumbing emergency. A surprise plumbing mishap can be messy, inconvenient, and potentially damaging to your property. Having the skills to manage last-minute plumbing fiascos can save you a lot of time, energy and money in the long run. If you’re faced with an emergency plumbing catastrophe, here are a few tips of what you can do to remedy the situation.
Know Your Plumbing
It’s important that you know the basic configuration of your home’s plumbing system so that you can act quickly in case of emergency. For example, you should know where your main water shut-off valve is located in your house. That way, you’ll be able to turn the water off in your home if a leak gets out of control. The isolation valves attached to each water fixture can be turned off as well, which will disconnect the water flow to that specific area without affecting the rest of the house. It’s important to know where these are located to give yourself some temporary relief—turning of the water valve is not a permanent plumbing solution, but it will keep the situation at bay until a professional arrives.
Quick Clog Solutions
A clogged toilet, sink or tub is not only a nuisance; it can cause a serious mess and damage to the foundations of your home. Most clogs can be solved fairly easily, but if they’re not dealt with correctly the situation could be made even worse. For unclogging a toilet, always use a forced cup plunger. Don’t try to excessively flush your toilet—this could lead to an overflow. A cup plunger works for smaller drains in bathtubs and sinks, and a larger forced cup plunger can apply extra force if necessary.
The most important thing to do in an emergency plumbing situation is to call a professional as soon as possible. If you let a plumbing problem sit for too long, it could develop into a more serious issue. ClearView offers 24 hour emergency service, so if you experience a sudden plumbing problem, contact us and we’ll fix your issue fast and efficiently.