Truth be told, the Top 4 Plumbing Emergencies can be prevented before it becomes a problem in your home. Emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective pipes. Preventative maintenance is a worthwhile investment into your home, to keep fixtures, drains, and pipes in good working order. Regular maintenance will also allow you to spot any early signs of wear or problems and you can get them fixed before they escalate to a costly plumbing emergency in your Houston TX home.
- Frozen Pipes: When temperatures get so cold to where water freezes, the water expands which may cause the pipe to burst. If you encounter this, close the main shutoff valve. If the pipe has not yet split, thaw it with hot water bottles from the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. Thawing must be gentle, never with a naked flame. You can prevent frozen pipes by dripping the water in freezing temperatures or insulating them.
- Burst Pipes: If you encounter a burst pipe on your property, you need to immediately shut off the water flowing out of the pipe from the main shutoff valve. Next, turn on cold water taps to drain the pipes quickly from the trapped water and steam. After that, call the plumber to get the problem fixed immediately.
- Clogged Drains/Toilets: Common clogs include hair, oil, heavy paper, or mineral build-up associated with hard water. Many times a plunger or snake will lift the clog. If this doesn’t work, call us!
- Leaky Fixtures: The first thing to do is close the shutoff valve directly associated with the leaky fixture. Check the fixture’s trap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles that might obstruct its opening and cause overflowing of the fixture. Make sure to get this fixed right away as leaky fixtures, although a common annoyance, can waste hundreds of gallons of water in just a few days costing you money!
If you are facing one of the Top 4 Plumbing Emergencies in Houston, TX, give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg a call at (281) 616-3978. We have plumbers that are experts in the field, and value your time!