Nov 8, 2013

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How to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

The Emergency Plumbers Nassau County uses have seen some pretty unpleasant damages made to lovely homes all due to plumbing emergencies. Many of these issues could have been avoided with a little foresight. Here are some tips to avoid plumbing emergencies at your home.

The Main Water System
When you are living in a new home you want to be certain you know where your main water system is located in case of emergency. When a major leak occurs you want to shut the water off before damage can take place. Water can ruin wood floors, seep into dry wall and even cause mould following the leaks. Turning off the water will limit these issues.

Toilet Overflows
There are a number of things you can do to avert a toilet overflow. First, be certain family members know that nothing gets flushed down the toilet other than toilet paper and human waste. Second keep a plunger beside each toilet in the home so that it is there when needed. Third, if water begins to rise after flushing turn on the sink or tub tap to help slow the flow of water to the toilet. Last, reach under the toilet and turn the water valve clock wise to turn off the water. The plunger can then be used to unstop the toilet.

Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes can occur when they are located in poorly insulated walls as well as if they run outside. When pipes freeze it will cause two main issues: 1) Water will stop flowing and 2) They can split as water expands when frozen. Making sure pipes are properly insulated is very important and it is also recommended that during the winter valves are turned off for any pipes that are located outside. Although frozen pipes can sometimes be defrosted with a hair dryer, this is not a good idea as it can lead to conflagration. If you are buying a home make sure you discuss water pipe locations with your inspector so you know of any issues before they occur.

Clogged Drains
Drains can clog based on many things including hair and soap scum build up in showers and greasy build ups with food scraps in the kitchen. Avoiding using your kitchen sink to rinse away fats and even small amounts of food is advised to avoid clogs.

These simple tips can help you avoid the need for Emergency Plumbers Nassau County calls to fix there problems.

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