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Find Out the Most Common Plumbing Emergencies & What to Do When They Happen

With so many other things going in on your life, like a career and/or family, the last thing you want to deal with is a serious, expensive plumbing emergency.

No one enjoys the experience of being told walls or floors need to be torn up in order to get at faulty pipes. So how do you avoid this? With a few preventive tips.

Leaky Fixtures

Leaking FixturesOur first plumbing issue might not be considered a major emergency, but it’s something that can bother every resident in the home with its non-stop “drip” sound.

And it can also add some extra dollars to your water bill at the end of the month. The most common cause of a leak in fixtures is usually small parts within the fixture called the O-ring or the washer.

These parts are a little bit like a light bulb in that constant use over the years can wear them out. If that happens, they can admit water into the fixture and leaks occur. A wrench and replacement parts easily solves this.

Drains That Get Blocked

Blocked DrainsIt may be the kitchen sink with food, or the bathroom sink or tub with hair, but sometimes things that go down the drain don’t wash away into the sewer.

Sometimes they get caught or stuck somewhere in the drain itself. This acts as an anchor, letting other things catch and build-up. If ignored, a drain eventually becomes completely blocked and no longer lets water empty out as intended.

The best way to avoid this is to not ignore the warning signals. Blocked drains don’t happen overnight. At a certain point, even a partial block will result in a noticeable “slow drain” effect. This is your cue to clear it out with a plunger.

Toilets That Overflow

Overflowing ToiletIf a toilet overflows right after a flush, this can mean only one thing; it’s blocked at some point in the drainpipe.

The number one cause of this—even if it wasn’t this particular flush—is that people have been using the toilet beyond its intended design. A toilet is not a garbage disposal unit. Only human waste and toilet paper can safely be flushed.

Even paper towels from a roll in the kitchen can jam up a toilet, because it is designed to not break up when exposed to water. Shut off the water to prevent additional overflow and get a plunger or plumber’s snake to deal with the block.

Pipes That Have Burst

Burst PipeConsider if pipe bursts, depending on what type of pipe it is, you have two options. If a water pipe has burst, you’ll have to shut off the flow of water and track down the leak, or have professionals do it.

If it’s the drainage pipe that has burst, this means you can’t use sinks, tubs, showers or even toilets unless you want that water flooding back into your home.

Only professionals can fix a pipe that burst, but you can avoid this problem by doing things like not keeping your water at high pressure, which can strain water pipes.

And replace drainage pipes if you know they’re old, such as a cast iron pipes which may 50-100 years old! By following these tips, you can keep your home life in Sydney, NSW under control and free from stressful plumbing emergencies.