Few problems around the house can get your attention faster than a plumbing emergency. Water spewing from pipes or stopped-up drains can cause serious damage to your home. While some plumbing problems are avoidable by keeping drains clear and fixing leaks, sometimes the worst happens.
Prepare ahead of time by:
- Putting together a tool kit for plumbing emergencies. It should include an assortment of adjustable pliers and a pipe wrench, Teflon tape, spray-on pipe sealant, a flashlight and Allen wrenches. Keep them in plain view in a 5-gallon plastic bucket.
- Keeping a plunger under the kitchen sink to clear slow-draining sinks, and a clearly-marked separate one in the bathroom for a clogged toilet.
- Teaching everyone how and where to shut the incoming water supply to your home off. Water can cause untold damage to your home’s walls, ceilings and floors if it’s not turned off quickly.
- Having a supply of old towels or absorbent blankets to wipe up big spills quickly. A wet and dry vacuum is an indispensable tool to have in a plumbing emergency.
- Learning where the isolation valves are for each of your sinks and plumbing fixtures. They’re located on the water hoses that go to the toilets, sinks, tubs and showers, as well as the dishwasher and washing machine. They should open and close easily, but it’s not uncommon for them to be somewhat stiff since their faucets or shut-off levers are seldom used.
- Identifying the circuit breaker or gas shut-off valve for a water heater.
Although it’s hard to second-guess what’s happening inside the pipes, pay attention to the early signs of sewer problems like bubbling or gurgling sounds coming from plumbing fixtures. Rusty water coming from hot water faucets could be the first sign of impending water heater failure.
Being prepared for a plumbing emergency might help you avoid the serious consequences that unchecked water problems can do to your home. For more information, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, providing top-notch services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about plumbing emergencies and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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