Top 5 Emergency Plumbing Tips
Every Mesa Homeowner Should Know
November 11, 2013 – Mesa, Arizona
Plumbing emergencies can be the worst! A little preparedness before hand can go a long way to minimize the damage if something does go awry. Since plumbing emergencies are often completely unexpected, here are some things you can do right now to prepare for the unexpected.
1. If you don’t already know where it is, locate the main water shut off control
If your home has well water, the shut off valve will be located near or on the well pump itself. If your home has city water, the shut off valve is often found near the water meter; if you don’t find it there, check near any exterior access points of the home’s basement. In the case of most plumbing emergencies, shutting off the water supply is a good first step.
Ideally you should also locate the individual valves to each individual fixture. These valves, located at each fixture, can stop the water flow to that location, allowing you to continue to use water at the remaining fixtures.
It’s recommended that you turn each isolation valve on and off occasionally to be certain that they are in good working order in case of emergency.
2. Dealing with a clogged toilet
One of the most common plumbing emergencies is that of a clogged toilet. If your toilet is near the point of overflowing, turning on the cold water in the bathtub or sink will slow the flow of water to the toilet. Then look behind the toilet for a shut off valve. Once you have stopped the water flow to the toilet you can safely attempt to unclog it. Every home owner should be in possession of a large flange plunger. Place the plunger over the drain opening in the toilet and pump it up and down 15-20 times to create suction and then pull it completely upwards. If it doesn’t work the first time,
give it several more tries. If you are still unsuccessful, you may need to find an expert plumber with 24/7 emergency plumbing services.
3. Dealing with a clogged sink
In the bathroom, the most common cause of a clogged drain is hair. To help prevent this, use a drain catch in both the sink and the bathtub. The best type is a removable model that contains a built in basket that can be emptied regularly.
For sinks, a smaller, cup style plunger can often remedy the situation. First turn off the water supply, and then place the plunger over the drain. If you are unclogging a kitchen sink, using another plunger to cover the other drain will help create a more powerful suction. Pump the plunger up and down 15-20 times to create suction then pull it completely upwards. Repeat as many times as necessary to clear the obstruction. If you are unsuccessful, you may require the services of a Mesa plumbing professional at Cadiente Plumbing.
4. When something falls down the drain
If an obstruction is caused by something you have inadvertently dropped down the drain you may be able to retrieve it. Many hardware stores carry tools specifically made for this purpose. It is important not to run any water down the drain as this can move the object farther down the pipe. If the item you lost is made of metal you can purchase a telescoping magnet to attempt to retrieve it. If the object is not made of metal, you can purchase a flexible grabber in hopes of getting it back. It may take several attempts while moving the tools around to get the item out.
Video: Mesa Clogged Drains Explained By Plumber Brett Cadiente
5. Dealing with a leaking hot water heater
Safety always comes first, so the most important thing to do is shut off power to the water heater. If it is a gas unit, turn off the gas supply. The gas line should be yellow or black and will be located next to the temperature dial. Locate and turn off the red shutoff valve.
If your water heater is electric, turn the power off at the fuse box.
Next you will need to turn off the water supply by turning off the valve that is generally located on top of the hot water tank. A leaking water heater can cause a great deal of damage if not stopped quickly. You can drain the water heater by connecting a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and placing the other end of the hose outside or into a sink or tub.
If the water heater is old enough to develop a leak, the water heater needs to be replaced.
Newer appliances are much more energy efficient, so they often pay for themselves over time.
For safety’s sake always remove any standing water in tubs or sinks and mop or use a wet/dry vac to eliminate water from floors. Dangerous mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours!
Written By: Brett Cadiente – Owner
625 W Southern Ave, Suite E-195
Mesa, AZ 85210Office: 480-630-3981
Category: Plumbing Repair
Genre: Home and Garden