You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Janesville -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.
What To Do During Plumbing Emergencies
Plumbing systems have been used for thousands of years to provide drinking water and remove water-borne wastes from buildings. In fact, "plumber" is derived from the latin word "plumbum," meaning lead. Beginning with the Romans, lead was the material of choice for plumbing pipes because it was soft and easy to fabricate. Some older cities, such as Boston, still have much lead plumbing. So residents with lead plumbing are advised to let water flow briefly to dispel any lead that has leached into the water.
New plumbing installations use copper or various kinds of plastic piping.
Clogged drains are perhaps the most common plumbing problem. Clogged toilets can be caused by the buildup of calcium deposits inside the toilet bowl. Quite often a child has flushed a toy or other object down the toilet, which is restricting the flow. If the clog cannot be relieved with a rubber toilet plunger, a plumber may need to be called.
The heater may have developed a leak, which extinguished the pilot light. A leak also means the basement could be flooded, if the leak suddenly worsens.
A tapping noise or vibration, which is heard when the hot water is running, may be water hammer. It is caused when long runs of pipes are not fastened securely. A rumbling sound in the water heater may indicate the bottom electric heating element is covered by a sludge deposit in the bottom of the tank.
If the homeowner cannot correct the problem with common-sense solutions, it is time to call a reputable plumber.
Every homeowner should develop a working relationship with a reliable plumber, one who will give 24/7 emergency service. Plumbing emergencies seem to happen at night or on the weekend. Few things paralyze a busy household like a plumbing emergency.
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