Sometimes plumbing situations arise that we didn’t anticipate. In these moments, homeowners often panic and take action that could potentially make our plumbing problems even worse. Plumbing disasters can lead to permanent property damage if not dealt with properly, so it’s important to know what not to do in case of a sudden burst pipe, drain clog or leak. Follow these simple rules for what not to do in a plumbing emergency.
Grab the Drano
If you’re experiencing a clogged sink or tub, your immediate response may be to reach for a chemical cleaner like Drano. These products can be somewhat effective, but they rarely do all the necessary work to unclog the drain. These products also usually contain harsh chemicals that can erode your pipes, which can lead to more serious problems like pipe bursts and leaks. Consult a professional before using a chemical product, especially if the problem is reoccurring—if a drain cleaner wasn’t effective the first time, it will most likely not work a second time.
It’s not a good idea to try to fix the unexpected plumbing problem yourself without consulting with a professional. If you start repairing your own plumbing system blindly, you may end up causing more harm than good. You can cause serious damage that a professional would have to reverse, costing you more time and money.
The best course of action in an emergency situation is to remain calm, contact a professional, and try to contain the damage as best as you can. Mop or use a water vacuum on the affected area to prevent structural and foundational damage, and use towels to soak up any excessive leaking water.