7 Crucial Ways to Avoid an Emergency Plumbing Situation

September 9th, 2014 · No Comments · by

Murphy’s Law states that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong,” but maybe there should be a closely-related offshoot called the “Emergency Plumbing Law.” If there was, it would probably go something like this: “Your emergency plumbing situation will always happen at the time it’s least convenient for you.”

Okay, that might be a bit pessimistic, there’s no doubt that a plumbing emergency is never a welcome occurrence. With that in mind, here are a few tips from your trusted Toronto plumber on things you can keep in mind to try and reduce the risks.

 
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Tips to Avoid Emergency Plumbing:

  1. Take Special Precautions around Special Events: Over the next few months, many people in Toronto will be hosting large gatherings at their homes, for Thanksgiving. It’s always nice to get the whole family together, but if it’s a big group, that can be a strain on your plumbing. Check out some of our advice for avoiding holiday plumbing problems for more details.
  2. Regular Maintenance Checks: There are a wide variety of regular maintenance checks you can do that don’t take much time at all, and can save you a lot of time and money later on.
  3. Get a Plumbing Inspection: You can’t beat the character of an older home in Toronto, but unfortunately, they do often come with their share of unwelcome surprises – particularly when it comes to plumbing.  We offer thorough plumbing inspections that can identify any looming issues, and can start working on them right there on the spot to ensure the issue is addressed before it becomes a big problem.
  4. Know where the shut-off valve is located: If you’re not already sure, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the valves for your sinks and toilets, and particularly the location of the main water shut-off valve for the house. That way, if you do spot a leak, or a sink or toilet is backing up uncontrollably, you can shut off the supply of water until a plumber arrives to assess it.
  5. Respect Mother Nature: The weather in the Greater Toronto Area can wreak occasionally cause all sorts of problems. With winter coming, it’s a good idea to refresh your knowledge of how to prevent frozen pipes.
  6. Never Put Certain Things Down Your Drains: For kitchen sinks, the biggest offenders that cause clogs are fats, grease, oil and food scraps. For toilets, some of the most common items that cause clogs are paper towels, Kleenex, and feminine hygiene products. Remember, even many products that claim to be “flushable” can easily clog your drains or toilet.
  7. If You’re Not Sure What You’re Doing, Don’t Try To Fix It Yourself: If you don’t have the proper tools or knowledge to fix a looming plumbing problem, you can end up making things worse. In extreme cases, the work can even be hazardous to you or your family’s health. Plumbers at DrainWorks have years of experience under their belts, to safely and promptly address any plumbing problems that occur, and always come equipped with the right tools for the job.

If Trouble Hits, Always Go With a Professional

Even if you take every precaution in the book, sometimes, plumbing problems still happen. When they do, save yourself time and aggravation by calling in the Toronto plumbing experts at DrainWorks. We’ve provided plumbing in Toronto since 1995, and have a stellar reputation with our customers.

We know that plumbing emergencies always seem to hit at an inconvenient time, and that’s why we never charge any overtime fees or fuel costs.

Thanks for reading,

The DrainWorks Team

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Tags: Emergency Response · General Interest · Home Plumbing Tips · Preventative Maintenance

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