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Feb 14, 2024

The plumbing system offers unparalleled sanitation, hygiene, and comfort for occupants of a building. However, unexpected plumbing emergencies can arise, causing inconvenience, damage, and disruption to daily activities. In this article brought to you by Express Plumbing & Rooter, we explore some of the most common plumbing emergencies and provide practical steps to take before calling a plumber to address the situation and minimize potential damage. If you ever need an emergency plumber, you can call Express Plumbing to connect with a live member of our team.

Burst Pipes

Plumbing pipes can burst for a number of reasons, but one thing they all have in common is a huge mess. If you encounter a burst pipe, locate the main shut-off valve for your property and turn it off to stop the flow of water. Then, open all faucets in your home to relieve pressure in the plumbing system and allow remaining water to drain out.

Once the water is supply is shut off, you can start cleaning up. Use towels, buckets, or containers to collect water and prevent it from spreading to unaffected areas. Water can be awfully destructive, and you should dry affected areas without delay.

Clogged or Backed Up Drains

Clogged drains are a common plumbing issue that can cause wastewater and sewage backups, slow drainage, and unpleasant odors. Flushing the toilet or adding water will rarely help. Instead, use a plunger or plumbing snake to attempt to clear the clog manually. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage pipes and worsen the clog.

Heating up a pot of water and carefully pouring it down the drain can help dissolve grease and debris. An equal parts baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain in that order can also help break down minor blockages.

Leaking Water Heater

A leaking water heater can be indicative of various problems, such as corrosion, loose connections, or faulty components. Left unchecked, a leaking water heater can result in water damage, mold growth, and increased energy bills. Address a leaking water heater promptly by turning off the power or gas supply and contacting a plumber for inspection. Prompt repairs is crucial to prevent further damage and ensure the safety and efficiency of the water heating system.

Toilet Overflow

A toilet overflow is a messy and unsanitary plumbing emergency that occurs when the toilet bowl fills with water and spills over onto the floor. Causes of toilet overflows may include clogs, sewer line blockages, or malfunctioning toilet components.

Aside from the immediate cleanup and containment of wastewater, identifying and addressing the underlying cause of the overflow is essential to prevent recurrence and maintain proper sanitation.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing emergency during cold weather, and they can result in bursting and flooding when water expands as it freezes. Prevention measures such as insulating pipes and allowing faucets to drip during freezing temperatures can help mitigate the risk of frozen pipes.

If you notice frozen pipes, thawing them gradually and safely with heat sources such as hair dryers or heat lamps can prevent bursting and water damage. However, professional assistance may be necessary to assess the condition of the pipes and address any damage or leaks.

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Do you need an emergency plumber NOW? Call Express Plumbing & Rooter for reliable and affordable plumbing repair service at any time of the day. Our team is on standby to take your call.

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