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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Don't Fix This At Home! 4 Plumbing Problems That Need a Professional's Touch

by Melvin Owens

Some minor plumbing problems, such as a backed up drain, are easy to fix at home. However, it is important to avoid taking on repairs that require a professional level of expertise. If you face any of the following plumbing issues, be sure to get in touch with a local plumber.

1. Frozen Pipes

Many people think that frozen pipes are an easy problem to fix. All you need to do is turn on the heating to thaw the ice, right? That solution is fine if the pipes are intact, but it is very common for pipes that freeze to burst open as ice has a higher volume than water.

Thawing a pipe that has burst will cause water to spill out, causing water damage to your carpets, furnishings and perhaps even the structure of your home. Before you crank up the heating system, shut off the water and call an emergency plumber to locate and repair the frozen pipe.

2. Leaks

Many hardware stores sell products that you can use to seal a leak in a pipe, but these repairs are unlikely to last very long. While a leak repair kit might be a useful short-term solution, you still need to call a plumber to replace the broken section of pipe.

Many homeowners find that the leak that occurs after a home repair fails is much larger than the original leak. Do not wait until your home is flooded with water to seek professional help.

3. Backed Up Toilets

A simple toilet clog is often easily solved by using a toilet plunger to dislodge the object that has blocked the pipe. However, if your toilet clogs frequently, it is important to call in a plumber to take a look. A backed up toilet can lead to sewage flowing out of the bowl and onto the floor of the bathroom, which presents a significant hazard to health as well as being damaging to carpets and other furnishings. A plumber can address the problems with the toilet or the plumbing that serves it to ensure you do not have to deal with this disgusting malfunction again.

4. Multiple Drain Clogs

A single slow drain usually results from hair, vegetable peelings or some other household object getting trapped. If you remove these items using a drain snake, the drain should flow freely once again.

If you face multiple drain clogs at the same time, take notice. This can be a sign of a blockage in the main sewer line that leads from your property. You will need the help of a local plumber to access and repair this line. Talk to a plumber for more information. 

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