Plumbing Emergencies and How to Prevent Them

Emergency plumbing repairs can be a nightmare scenario for homeowners, but your issues don not have to get to the point of an emergency to have a repair. Having some knowledge of common emergency plumbing problems can help you understand preventative steps to take to avoid an emergency repair. Even if the problem seems small, you should not try to fix these issues yourself because trying to repair a common issue like a clogged toilet or a slow drain can lead to bigger problems later. If you need emergency service and live in the middle Tennessee area, you can always call us at 615-864-9459 and a H20 plumbing specialist can come out and help you with your emergency.

Emergency Plumbing Problems

Clogged Drains

The most common plumbing emergency that every homeowner faces at least once is a clogged drain. Do not attempt to unclog your drain yourself and let the hidden problem go untreated. You can prevent clogs by watching what goes down your drain and using sink strainers, we have discussed this in another article “Items You Should Never Put Down Your Kitchen Sink“. Never let FOG (fat, oil, or grease) down your drain and be mindful of what you flush down your toilet, wet wipes and feminine products are a common cause of clogs in toilets. Also, using a sink strainer keeps unwanted particles like food, hair, eggshells and other objects out of your drains.

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No Hot Water

Most people have been there, you hop in the shower, you turn the hot water on and you jump into a icy cold stream of water. Then you are wondering, what caused this, and what did I do wrong? A water heater malfunction? Electrical issue? Or a leak caused a lack of hot water in your system? You can prevent this plumbing emergency from happening by getting annual maintenance to ensure that sediment is not building up in the tank, upgrading your water heater’s tank size, and maintaining your system by replacing worn out parts, like thermostats, heating elements, or just by having it flushed out every year.

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Leaking Pipes

Leaking from your faucet? Toilet sounds like its running water? Or your water heater causes endless waste and increased water bills? You can help prevent leaks from happening by checking your water pressure regularly or installing a water softener. Checking the water pressure regularly will help you prevent leaks. You should have this done by a professional plumber during your routine maintenance and they can take the precautionary steps to ensure that your water pressure is in the correct range. Installing a water softener can also help ease pressure on your system. Hard water is corrosive and causes a lot of problems on your pipes.

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Burst Pipes

In the middle Tennessee area, our summers are hot and humid, and our winters can be freezing cold. The freezing and thawing process can wear your pipes down and cause exposed pipes to burst open. To prevent this from happening, prevent temperatures in your home from dropping below 32 degrees and seal any leaks that allow freezing air into your home where your pipes are located. Take a look around your electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes and use insulation to keep temperatures mild. Even the smallest opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze. Wrapping your exposed pipes in your crawlspace or attic with insulation can also prevent this from happening. Remember that you will not see the water leaking until the water thaws, so be mindful of the temperature in the areas of your home.

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Call H20 Plumbing & Water Heaters To Help You

At H20 Plumbing & Water Heaters we offer reliable plumbing services at a fair price. We have built our business on the principles of honesty and integrity and work hard to keep our customers satisfied. If you live in the middle Tennessee area and are in need of emergency service then please give us a call at 615-864-9459 and a H20 plumbing specialist can come help out with your unique problem.