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How To Detect Leaks That May Cause Emergency Plumbing.

Emergency plumbing services refers to when one plumber at short notice or during odd hours of the day or night, on holidays and weekends and demand his expertise. Emergency plumbing services are very necessary and not cheap. Underestimating the scope of a plumbing issue may lead to the demand of very expensive plumbing services hence it is importance to regularly schedule for plumbing services and to have a back-up emergency plumbing service in case of an emergency. Some emergency plumbing leaks and floods from a burst pipe, running toilets, and leaky faucets can significantly increase the utility bills and lead to water wastage. Emergency sewage leaks lead to mould and bacterial infiltration that puts the other occupants at health risks.

To detect any leaks in the toilet, add a several drops of food colouring to the water tank and if there is a leak the colour will show in the toilet bowl making it a reason to contact a plumber before the problem escalates into an emergency plumbing problem. Freezing of the pipes may cause them to open up which leads to leakages that can be controlled by shutting off the valve to close water supply to the open pipes. One should then call a plumbing company to fix the open pipes before opening the valves.

During emergency plumbing one can also insulate pipes that may be exposed to low temperatures to keep them from freezing and splitting up, gently thaw freezing pipes with a blow dryer and clean out sediment accumulation in the water heater on a regularly to prevent clogs that restrict hot water supply to the relevant fixtures. The don’ts of an emergency plumbing are pouring boiling water down the toilet as it causes the bowl to crack, throw big objects, diapers, sanitary towels and toys in the toilet as it causes clogging, plant shrubs and trees over sewer lines, thawing freezing pipes with a naked flame to prevent thermal expansion of water which causes the pipes to bust open and pouring cooking fats, oils and grease down the kitchen’s drain to avoid stubborn blockages which may cause difficulty for drain cleaning.

One should always be on the look for things like slow draining water, large puddles accumulating around the drain, water coming back out of a sink drain, toilet water bubbling when faucet is being used, gurgling noises from drain and foul odours from drain which are the early signs of a clogged drainage.

Cleaning of a clogged drain can be done in 3 steps which are pouring of a drain cleaner into the drain and then waiting for 10 minutes, flushing hot running water for several minutes into the drain and using a plastic drain snake to pull out any obstructions in the drain.

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