You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Mequon -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
Just because a drain in your home gets blocked, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are at the mercy of a plumber, in fact there are a number of things you can try on your own that may help loosen and do away with the blockage before you have to consider hiring a professional for assistance.
Some of the most basic home remedies will often do the trick provided that the blockage isn't too far down the drain to be reached or if the blockage is so severe that it can't properly be cleaned at all. For many of the home remedies it won't even be necessary to leave our home - things like pouring very hot water into the drain in an effort to loosen a clog, or pouring a combination of vinegar and baking soda down the drain to "eat away" at the clog are very simple remedies that will often work on very simple clogs and blockages.
Even if you have to go to the next level and remove the trap under the sink for hand cleaning, you may have the necessary hand tools to perform this small job at home as well. Newer sink traps can often be removed with an adjustable wrench and the cleaning will require no special equipment or skills to perform, it could simply be a matter of reaching in and removing the blockage. This may not sound like the most glamorous job, but common blockages are normally just comprised of hair,(in bathrooms) or grease and food particles - a quick and easy clean out without incurring the expense of a plumber's visit.
A plumber will have access to a whole lot more, not to mention a whole lot better, equipment - plus years of training and experience to get the knowledge required to handle things that you aren't capable of. If you have even the slightest notion that you are in over your head, call in a professional before you make an even bigger mess of the situation.
What To Do During Plumbing Emergencies
When undergoing any home improvement project there are safety issues that come into play. Potential hazards can be electrical in nature, and could cause serious injuries including burns and death. Although common sense should prevail, it doesn't always. Making sure you're aware of any potential electrical safety hazards should be the first part of any procedure, including plumbing. Sacramento residents should understand the possibility of electrical danger if they choose to perform their own plumbing projects.
Shut The Electricity Off
Never assume the electricity to a piece of equipment has been shut off. Before you attempt to service anything that has an electrical component to it, disconnect it from the power supply feeding it. This could mean either unplugging it or shutting the power off at the source such as an electrical panel that uses either fuses or circuit breakers. If you do need to shut the power supply off at the panel box, be sure to put some type of warning on the box indicating that you have intentionally shut down the circuit.
Test The System
Once the power supply has been cut off, test the circuit to be sure there is no power going to it. The easiest way to do this is to attempt to turn on the piece of plumbing equipment you are about to work on. If it doesn't turn on, then you can be confident that you have successfully cut off the power, and it is safe to begin plumbing. Sacramento residents and business owners need to always take this precaution when working on any system that is electrically charged.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects