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4 Common Plumbing Emergencies & How to Prevent Them

Pipe burstMost people take their home’s plumbing system for granted – after all, how much time does anyone realistically spend thinking about their kitchen sink, toilet, or water heater? It’s when one of these gives out that people start to panic. Would you know what to do if your morning shower suddenly turned ice-cold? What about if your toilet started overflowing?

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to plumbing. Read on for tips on how to prevent the most common plumbing emergencies, including:

  • Overflowing toilets
  • Clogged drains
  • Leaking faucets
  • Pipe bursts

How Do You Fix an Overflowing Toilet?

There are tons of ways that a toilet can become clogged. If you have young kids, there’s a chance they flushed a toy or something else that they shouldn’t have. Sometimes it’s a matter of flushing too much toilet paper. Even “flushable” items like tampons or sanitary wipes can cause problems with older plumbing systems. The easiest way to prevent a toilet overflow is to make sure that you don’t flush anything other than #1 and #2.

If the water level in your toilet is rising and giving warning signs that it’s about to overflow, immediately turn the valve to shut off the water supply. If you have a plunger, try to see if you can remove the clog that way. If not, you may have a more serious plumbing issue, such as a clog deep in the pipes, and should call a plumber.

How to Clear Clogged Drains

Drain clogs are extremely common, but they are also highly preventable. To prevent clogged shower or bathtub drains, pick up a hair trap to place over the drain. Keeping your kitchen sink drain clear, on the other hand, is mostly a matter of knowing what can and cannot be safely disposed of in the sink.

Never put the following things down your garbage disposal:

  • Potato peels
  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds or tea leaves
  • Grease
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit pits
  • Pasta
  • Celery
  • Asparagus

If you do experience a clogged drain, don’t use a chemical drain cleaner! Chemical drain cleaners are highly corrosive, making them not only dangerous to you, but also to your drains. While they may be able to remove a small clog, they can actually cause harm your plumbing system (not to mention the environment too). Instead, contact a plumber who can safely and effectively remove the stoppage without harming your pipes.

Why is the Faucet Leaking?

Is there anything more annoying than a leaky faucet? That may be up for debate, but this isn’t: a leaking faucet can be responsible for about five gallons of water each day, which comes out to nearly 2,100 gallons each year. That’s also water that you’re paying for, which is another incentive to get the problem fixed quickly.

Most of the time, faucets leak because they need a new washer or O-ring. If that isn’t the issue, the drip may be caused by a damaged valve seating that needs to be replaced. An experienced plumber can fix this issue for you quickly and get rid of that incessant drip-drip-drip for good.

How Do You Stop Pipes From Bursting?

A burst pipe is a serious plumbing emergency. Pipes can burst when they become too old and corroded, or when the temperature drops and water freezes inside the pipe. Therefore, the best ways to prevent a burst pipe emergency are:

  1. Replace your old pipes with copper piping, or
  2. Insulate your pipes to protect against freezing

It is worth taking preventative measures in order to avoid the damage (and great expense) that can be caused by a burst pipe. If you have questions about your home’s pipes, feel free to call Casco Plumbing for an assessment.

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