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Feb 01, 2024

Ways You Can Avoid Big Plumbing Emergencies

No one wants to deal with an overflowing toilet, especially when you’re hosting guests in your home; or returning home from a vacation to a flooded kitchen. Such situations can throw you into a state of confusion and stress you out. Plumbing emergencies can not only disrupt your daily routine; they can also set you back thousands of dollars in repairs. Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to prevent most of them from occurring in the first place. In today’s blog post, the team at Rooter Man Plumbing shares essential tips and preventive measures to prevent plumbing emergencies.

  • Be Careful What You Flush

We get it—we’re all guilty of flushing all sorts of non-flushable items down the toilet for a number of reasons. However, your toilet is designed to handle only the “three Ps” (pee, poo, and paper). Wet wipes, diapers, coffee grounds, hair, dental floss, and other non-flushable items should never be flushed down the toilet, as they can cause nasty blockages.

  • Use Your Garbage Disposal Judiciously

Your garbage disposal is a helpful appliance designed to make kitchen waste disposal easier. It should never be treated as a trash can or a bottomless pit. Stick to grinding soft food scraps and avoid fibrous or tough items like banana peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Also, fats and oils solidify and cause major blockages, so scrape them off plates before sending anything to the disposal.

  • Be Aware Of Your Home’s Water Pressure

Water pressure that’s too high can put stress on your pipes and increase the risk of leaks and even burst pipes. It’s advisable to keep an eye on your water pressure gauge and adjust it if needed. Low water pressure can also be problematic, as it can make it difficult to carry out normal household chores like washing dishes. If your home’s water pressure is not within the acceptable limits, reach out to a professional plumbing service for an inspection.

  • Never Pour Grease Into The Sink

Many people believe that rinsing leftover grease with hot water down the kitchen sink won’t do harm to the plumbing system. Leftover grease, fats, and oil are among the major culprits behind clogged drains. Fats and oils solidify in your pipes, creating nasty blockages. Instead of sending them down the drain, collect cooking grease in a container and dispose of it responsibly. If you notice signs of clogged drains despite your best efforts, call a nearby plumbing repair service for professional drain cleaning.

  • Know The Location Of Your Water Shut Off Valve

Knowing where your main water shut-off valve is can be a lifesaver in case of a major leak or a burst water pipe. Familiarize yourself with its location, and practice turning it on and off occasionally to ensure it’s not seized up.

  • Schedule Regular Plumbing Inspections

Routine plumbing inspections are an integral part of plumbing maintenance. Schedule annual inspections with a qualified plumbing service to identify and fix minor issues before they turn into big problems.

  • Educate Household Member On Proper Plumbing Practices

A vast majority of plumbing emergencies in homes happen as a result of improper use. Practices like flushing non-flushable items, overloading garbage disposals, and pouring grease down drains can cause serious plumbing mishaps. Educate everyone in your household about proper plumbing practices. Encourage responsible use of drains, garbage disposals, and appliances. A little knowledge goes a long way in preventing plumbing mishaps.

  • Avoid DIY Fixes for Major Plumbing Issues

While some minor fixes might be tempting to tackle yourself, major plumbing issues are best left to professional plumbers. DIY attempts can worsen the problem and lead to costly repairs. It’s always a good idea to call in a reputable plumbing repair service to fix complex plumbing issues, such as broken pipes, water heater repair, leak detection, and more.

Get Help from Experienced Local Plumbers

If you are in need of professional plumbing services such as emergency drain cleaning, broken pipe repair, leak detection, or garbage disposal repair, call Rooter Man Plumbing. We offer high-quality plumbing services, workmanship guarantee, fair pricing, and exceptional customer service.


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