Common Residential Plumbing Emergencies and Solutions

Blocked drains and toilets, damaged and defective pipes, as well as gas leaks, are the most common emergency plumbing situations that homeowners call their plumber for. The irony in this is that it is possible to prevent all these problems from the very start. Emergency plumbing reports show that negligence is the biggest cause of plumbing issues and stubborn obstructions such as clogged drains and blocked pipes. This is a strong indication that we must appreciate our home and plumbing system a little bit more. The only thing homeowners have to do in order to make sure the plumbing system of their home is in top condition is to call a local plumber once a year to schedule a preventive maintenance to your home’s plumbing system. Proper maintenance is not only crucial for keeping your plumbing fixtures, drains and pipes in good condition for a long time, but also for spotting problems early on and have them fixed before they turn into a costly plumbing emergency. If you don’t do this, you will face a plumbing disaster sooner or later. Call Jiffy Plumbing before it’s too late to undo the damage done to your home.

If you encounter the following emergency plumbing situations, take these steps to reduce the damage to a minimum and cut down your plumbing costs.

Burst and Frozen Pipes

Before calling local plumbers to come to your aid, you have to stop the water flowing out of the hole in the pipe. This can be done by locating the main water valve and shutting it off. After this, turn on the cold water taps to quickly drain the pipes. Be careful if the burst pipe is filled with hot water. After the situation is under control, feel free to call a plumbing expert to repair or replace the burst section of the pipe.

When water in pipes freezes, it will expand and sooner or later burst. To quickly address this issue, you should turn off the main water valve. Thaw the frozen pipe with hot water bottles, starting from the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. Thawing must be extremely gentle. You should never try to unfreeze the pipes with an open flame or something else that can split the pipe. The only way to ensure your pipes don’t get frozen during cold winter months is to properly insulate them.

Blocked Drains and Toilets

If you have a plunger or a plumber’s snake, try to lift the obstruction. You can also try unclogging the drain with a mixture of hot water, baking soda and vinegar or you can use chemical drain cleaners. If you fail to unblock your drain or toilet, call a plumber for an effective plumbing repair.

Gas Leaks

If you smell gas in your home, you should evacuate immediately. Unfortunately, gas leaks cannot be repaired by amateurs. If you try to handle the matter on your own, you could be seriously injured. The only thing you can do in this case is to call in your emergency plumber. You can also call the gas company and under their professional guidance, try to turn off the gas meter at the control valve.