Cleaning Drains To Avoid Emergency Plumbing Problems.
Emergency plumbing used to refer to the situation when one may require plumbing services in a very short notice or during odd hours of the day or night, on holidays and on weekends. Emergency plumbing services are very expensive but very necessary. Underestimating the scope of a plumbing issue may lead to the demand of very expensive plumbing services hence it is importance to regularly schedule for plumbing services and to have a back-up emergency plumbing service in case of an emergency. Emergency plumbing leaks and floods from a burst pipe, running toilets, and leaky faucets waste gallons of water and significantly increase the utility bills. Emergency plumbing leaks in sewages and septic tanks can also turn disastrous due to the health risks that it puts because of moulding and bacterial infiltration.
To detect any leaks in the toilet, add a several drops of food colouring to the water tank and if there is a leak the colour will show in the toilet bowl making it a reason to contact a plumber before the problem escalates into an emergency plumbing problem. Open pipe which may be due to freezing of the pipes may cause leaks which can be controlled by shutting the valves to close water supply to the areas where the leak is coming from. Before opening the valves one should contact a plumber to fix the problem first.
During emergency plumbing one can also insulate pipes that may be exposed to low temperatures to keep them from freezing and splitting up, gently thaw freezing pipes with a blow dryer and clean out sediment accumulation in the water heater on a regularly to prevent clogs that restrict hot water supply to the relevant fixtures. One should also avoid pouring boiling water down the toilet as it causes the bowl to crack, throwing big objects, diapers, sanitary towels and toys in the toilet as it causes clogging, planting shrubs and trees over sewer lines, thawing freezing pipes with a naked flame to prevent thermal expansion of water which causes the pipes to bust open and pouring cooking fats, oils and grease down the kitchen’s drain to avoid stubborn blockages which makes drain cleaning extremely difficult.
The early signs that can help you detect a clogged drain are slow draining water, large puddles accumulating around the drain, water coming back out of a sink drain, toilet water bubbling when faucet is being used, gurgling noises from drain and foul odours from drain.
For drain cleaning, pour a drain cleaner into the drain and then wait for 10 minutes before flushing it with hot running water for several minutes and finally using a plastic drain snake to pull out any obstructions in the drain.