Plumbing Catastrophes


Don’t Wait. Catch Plumbing Catastrophes Before They Happen!


Pipe bursts, water damage, and septic overflows?  These are disasters for any hardworking homeowner. You know that the subsequent repair process is just as annoying as the damage itself. However, putting in a little effort early on goes a long way in preventing plumbing disasters. Also, many of the causes for such problems can be easily prevented with little time and money.

I will say before I go on though, that if you DO have a plumbing catastrophe unleashed upon you that you just don’t know how to remedy, our local plumber, Roto-Rooter is a great place to call!


What to Do During Colder Months?

Accidental freezing of pipes can cause an enormous problem other than not having access to hot water. Frozen pipes can eventually lead to breaks and overflows. This leads to even more internal home damages that would cost a substantial amount of money to fix. To prevent such a disaster, make sure you do some of the following:

♦Install insulators onto your pipes if they are not already present. Almost every home improvement store offers a great variety of lengths and sizes of insulators. These insulators can accommodate practically any sized pipe.

♦ If possible, make sure your heating is on (around 68 degrees) or that long periods of heat outages do not occur.

♦Are you going to be away from your home for a long time?  Ask someone you trust to check on your house to ensure proper heating is present.

♦If you do notice that a pipe has frozen, make sure to turn off the water. Then allow your home to heat up for a while. Always call a professional if you believe the situation is more severe.


Know How and Where to Shut Off Water Lines

Let’s be honest: accidents sometimes happen, regardless of the precautions that we may take. So a pipe burst or overflow can very well happen to anyone. As frustrating as it is, there are still minor things you can do to prevent any further damage. One of those details involves knowing how to shut off different appliances in your home.  Anything from a dishwasher to a toilet can have its water turned off.  This will minimize damages if an accident does occur. Knowing the location of the main water valve is also extremely important in preventing any major plumbing accidents. This will allow you to turn off water to your entire house. That will give you enough time until a professional can come on the scene.


What to do in the Bathroom?

We all know what happens in the bathroom. For most of us, we would rather not have those “happenings” come back into our house. For these purposes, always keep a plunger in your bathroom.  If an overflow does occur, you are ready to tackle the situation immediately.  Also, take care in making sure that all the components of the toilet are working properly.  Especially paying extra attention to the fill valve and making sure that it shuts off the water at an appropriate level.  Otherwise, you may risk losing hundreds of $$$ on water being wasted.


How About Kitchen Sinks?

Many people dump grease down their drains, either on purpose or by accident, because it seems convenient. However, this is a terrible decision, as the grease will most likely coagulate while in the drain.  It will also block proper drainage, and cause water buildup. It is best to dispose of grease or any other food related products in the trash rather than dumping it down the drain.


Anything Else?

Accidents happen, but do not let negligence be the downfall of your home. Taking preventative measures and having routine checkups can ensure that the rate of accidents is at a minimum. An annual maintenance check by a plumber you trust can be very beneficial in spotting early damages to pipes, water heaters, toilets, and much more.

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