You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in South Milwaukee -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
Oh oh. There's water all over your new bathroom rug. The toilet is leaking too.
There's water coming through the downstairs ceiling after you take a shower.
What do you do?
These are real plumbing emergencies. No time to figure out how to do it yourself or wait for your brother-in-law to get home from work. But professional plumbers are so expensive.
But so is a new rug... or floor... or ceiling. Time to act fast.
What To Do In A Plumbing Emergency
You always want to know where your main shutoff valve is for your home. If things are looking really bad that's the first thing you want to know.
If it's just your toilet overflowing you can shut off the supply line to that particular plumbing fixture. It's usually right under the toilet itself. A sink is pretty much the same way.
1. Go to Google and type in "plumber clearwater". Of course instead of Clearwater use your local town or city.
2. Look to see who offers emergency service. They should have it right on their website. They should also have a number you can call and talk to someone quickly.
3. There's probably no time to check references so judge by how quickly they answer the phone (and also how professionally).
4. Make sure they are licensed. Ask them... "What is your license number. Actually you might see it right on their website. If you don't it may not be a good sign.
If you don't get good answer to these questions or you feel uncomfortable be careful.
Things to Know in Case Your Drain Gets Blocked
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.
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