If you are a homeowner, you have most likely encountered some kind of mishap at some point where you needed to do some fixing with your plumbing system. You may have had a clogged toilet or a leaky faucet. You may have learned the valuable lesson in removing a P-trap pipe. There are a few incidents that can take place with your plumbing, however, where you will be better off getting on the telephone to get help from a professional. Knowing when something is out of your league can save you money and damage that could have been avoided by getting someone to do the work for you. Here are a few instances where calling an emergency plumbing service would be beneficial.
A Pipe Leak
If a pipe in your home is leaking, you will need to make some quick adjustments in order to get the water contained before an emergency plumber arrives to repair the problem. Turn off the water supply to the affected area and get on the phone right away. If the pipe burst is very small, use some duct tape to wrap around the pipe to keep any of the water in the piping system from coming out into your living area.
If the pipe leak is a little larger, clamp a block of wood against the hole with a C-clamp. Place a piece of rubber over hole before you clamp the wood over it. Concentrate on getting your belongings out of the way of the water spill and try to mop up whatever possible to avoid excessive damage to the area.
A Frozen Pipe
In frigid temperatures, pipes that are in the cellar or garage area of your home are susceptible to freezing and breaking. When a pipe freezes, the water in the home will often be of less pressure. This is usually the first sign that something is not right. If you are unaware that a pipe has frozen until it is too late, you may be in for a nasty surprise when the pipe breaks.
It is a good idea to insulate all pipes that are in areas under freezing temperature. Insulating sleeves can be bought at a hardware store and may save your pipes from this unnecessary, damaging state. If you notice a pipe is frozen, call a professional to help you thaw it properly. Never take a flame to a frozen pipe as it is a safety hazard. A fire could break out if you are not very careful. It is better to wait for help from Puget Sound Plumbing.