The Six Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

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The Six Most Common Plumbing Emergencies

Our speedy 24/7 emergency service is yet another reason why Plumbing By Jake is your go-to source for heating, cooling, plumbing, and refrigeration repair. Here are six of the most common plumbing emergencies that families and businesses alike experience.

Overflowing toilet

Whether your toilet is clogged or has a malfunctioning float mechanism, the first step to take is shutting off the water flow. The water valve is located at the bottom of the water line on the side of the toilet, and should be turned completely counterclockwise. Once the water flow into the toilet is stopped, the clog or mechanism failure can be addressed.

Unclogging a toilet may be as simple as applying firm vertical pressure with a plunger. More serious clogs may require an auger, which can be used to fish out debris that is blocking the flow of water. Once the blockage is removed, reset the float mechanism and turn on the water valve.

Stopped-up sink drain

The best way to prevent a clogged sink drain is to avoid dumping grease, coffee grounds, and other dense material down the drain. However, even the most careful homeowner sometimes has to deal with this nuisance. If using a plunger to clear material from the drain does not work an auger (or “snake’) may be required. An auger is easy to use with a little practice and perseverance.

Burst pipes

By far the most damaging plumbing emergency, a burst pipe can release up to 100 gallons in an 8 hour period. Burst pipes are often caused by corrosion over the years. If a pipe does burst, immediately shut off the water supply. Remove any furniture or other items if possible to minimize further damage.

Leaking pipes

Your approach to fixing a leaky pipe depends on where exactly the water is leaking. If the leak springs from the joint, first tighten the joint with a wrench. You may find that tightening one joint loosens another, so proceed with caution. If water leaks from the pipe, a rubber patch may do the trick. Another option is using waterproof tape over the leak.

Sump pump failure

If the sump pump is not working, remove the screen to make sure debris is not preventing movement of the impeller. If the impeller is clear, your pump may not be getting enough electricity or have a defective float switch. If the pump has been running for an extended period of time, it may be shutting down due to thermal overload.

Water heater malfunction

Common water heater problems include a leaking tank, water that is either too hot or too cold, water that has a strange color or odor, and noises coming from the water heater. If the heater is leaking, call a professional for assistance. If there is no leak, flushing the water tank may solve color and odor problems, as well as improve the heater’s efficiency.

Looking for rapid repair in Arizona or Nevada? Plumbing By Jake has a experienced team of plumbers that can help you with any plumbing emergency that you may be struggling with.