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Emergency Plumbing Solutions

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Life happens, and sometimes it includes emergency plumbing problems that cause leaks and other unforeseen issues. It could be a problem as simple as an overflowing toilet or a more severe emergency, such as a ruptured pipe. In either case, it is to your benefit to know how to respond quickly to avoid additional damage to your home. The following post will outline the necessary steps you should take during a plumbing emergency.

Water Heater Leak or Malfunction

Water heaters are one of the most dependable household appliances. They work around the clock to maintain water temperatures so you have access to hot water, but sometimes they malfunction or develop a leak. Perhaps you hear popping or banging sounds, or suddenly have only lukewarm or cold water. Should you discover a leaking water heater, or one that malfunctions suddenly, you should act quickly.

For this emergency plumbing situation, the first thing to do is turn off the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the appliance. Next, it would be wise to turn off the water supply to the water heater. Most water heaters incorporate a shut-off valve located on top or near the unit. Turning off the water will relieve water pressure on the tank and slow the leaking. Finally, soak up any standing water that has leaked from the tank to reduce water damage to your home until the plumber arrives.

Ruptured Pipes

If a pipe ruptures, you must quickly turn off the main water supply to the home. Often, there is a shut-off valve located on the home’s exterior where the main water supply enters the home. If not, you must locate the water meter and turn it off there. Water meters are usually housed in a concrete or metal box located close to the street. Owners of private wells will find the shut-off valve located close to their pump. Well owners should also turn off the power supply to their pump.

Seeping Septic Tank

If you notice standing water over your septic tank, chances are you are having trouble with your sewage system. To prevent additional damage to your drainfield and septic tank system, you must call your plumbing contractor immediately.

Overflowing or Running Toilet

Toilets often become clogged, causing it to back up and even overflow, spewing sewage or effluent onto your bathroom floor. In addition, sometimes the flushing mechanism can malfunction, causing the toilet to keep filling. Aside from using a plunger, you must stop water from entering the toilet tank by turning off its shut-off valve. The valve is located just behind the toilet base, and turning it clockwise will turn it off.

Call a Professional

Many people attempt to make plumbing repairs to their home, especially in an emergency situation. While you may be tempted to fix simple plumbing problems, it’s best to leave complicated issues to the professionals. For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Combating Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Mold and mildew growth in your bathroom can be a sign of a serious plumbing issue in your home. The unsightly growths thrive in wet environments and can be detrimental to your health if ignored. Bathrooms with poor ventilation, slow draining showers and enclosed tubs or leaking fixtures are most susceptible to this problem.

What You Can Do

When mold and mildew invade your bathroom area, the first thing you must do to protect yourself is to get rid of it. Although it is a simple process, it will require some old fashioned elbow grease and some household cleaners. After you scrub their presence away, it is time to find the underlying cause of the problem.

Poor Ventilation

Bathrooms lacking a window usually require an exhaust fan for proper ventilation. Without an exhaust fan or when your run an exhaust fan that is in poor condition— steam will build up and affix itself to walls, ceilings, and cabinetry. This will provide an ideal place for mold. This is especially true in bathrooms that experience heavy use due to larger families. Hiring a professional technician to install, inspect, clean and/or replace your existing exhaust fan will help you evacuate the steam faster and more efficiently.

Leaking Fixtures

The “drip” sound that comes from a leaky faucet can drive some folks crazy. In addition, leaky faucets also waste water, drive up utility bills and create a wet environment that allows for mold and mildew growth. Repair or replace leaking fixtures immediately to eliminate risk.

Dripping Sink Drains

One of the most common areas for mold and mildew to set up shop is under your bathroom sink. Because of its obscure location, a dripping sink drain or P-trap often go unnoticed. The damp and dark area underneath a leaking bathroom sink is a paradise for mold and mildew to grow. Have your plumber inspect, tighten and replace worn gaskets before they start leaking to protect your cabinetry and prevent the spread of mold.

Leaking Toilets

A toilet leak that comes as a result of a faulty supply line, shut-off valve or a failing wax ring is something else you should have inspected. A failing wax ring can allow wastewater to seep into the subfloor and, surprise, invite mold growth. Loose toilets or those poorly attached to the floor are prime candidates for leaks. By having your toilet inspected and tuned periodically, you can avoid this problem.

Preventing the Recurrence of Mold and Mildew Growth

Once your bathroom is properly ventilated and your house’s leaks and drips have been addressed, you should think about preventive steps. Maintain a clean bathroom and use a squeegee to remove excess water from shower walls and glass enclosures. Use the exhaust fan when bathing and crack the window when applicable to help release steam and moisture.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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