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What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Emergency Plumbing We always face a daunting situation when facing a leaky pipe or faucet or an overflowing toilet, and this is because we lack the proper knowledge on how to temporarily solve the emergency situation while waiting for the plumber to rescue us. People are now increasingly aware on water conservation and thus are more inclined to learn the do’s and dont’s of plumbing emergencies in order to cut down the wastage of water during an emergency leaks of pipes and so on. It is therefore advisable to follow some do’s and don’ts of emergency plumbing so you can save money on water. The first thing to do when there are leaky fixtures and bursting pipes is to close off the water shut off valve. With this move, water supply will be closed thus terminating supply to the faulty fixture and stop the wasting of water. The next thing to do is to insulate the pipes that are exposed to low temperatures so as to keep them from freezing and splitting up.
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Another action that you can do is to gently thaw the freezing pipes using a blow dryer. Remember never to use a naked flame for this will only create thermal expansion of water and thus will cause open pipes to split.
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Another action that you can do to avoid high water bill is to check for toilet leaks because these leaks are more than often said to be reflected on your high water bill. One way of detecting if your toilet is leaking is to put many drops of food dye in the water tank and let it sit for an hour or so. Afterwards, see if color dye is present in the bowl, and if so, it means your toilet is leaking. In order to prevent clogs that restrict hot water supply to your pipes or fixtures, try to clean out the sediment that have accumulated in the water heater on a regular basis. It is very important that you do not pour boiling water down the toilet because your bowl might crack open. Another negative action is throwing big objects, diapers, sanitary towels, toys and so on down the toilet. Be reminded that anything than a tissue paper will cause clogging up of your toilet drain and leading to overflowing toilets and sewer backups emergencies. Also be informed of these other don’ts that would affect your plumbing, and these are planting any shrubs and trees over sewer lines, fibrous materials thrown down the garbage disposer, pouring of cooking oils and fats, and ignoring a leaky plumbing fixture that could lead to bigger problems with your plumbing. It is thus important to know and learn the basics about your plumbing system to know what to do during emergency situations.

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