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Plumbing Dos and Don’ts to Avoid Emergencies

worried-woman-sponging-up-water-from-burst-pipeHave you ever had a plumbing emergency in your home? If not, you’re very fortunate! We’d like to help keep that streak running. If you have had a plumbing emergency happen before, then you already know how detrimental it can be, and would probably like to do whatever you can to prevent it from happening again.

Our team has handled a number of plumbing emergencies and other plumbing problems throughout our years in business. Because we know what to look for, we have compiled a brief list of some dos and don’ts for you to follow in order to hopefully avoid these emergencies altogether.

Do: Upgrade Your Toilet

How old is your toilet? Toilets don’t typically have an “average lifespan,” but if you’ve noticed that its aging and may be coming loose from the base or has a small crack anywhere due to wear and tear, it could be time to consider a replacement. A toilet leak can not only cause significant property damage, but it can also be very unhygienic.

Upgrading your toilet has an added benefit, too. At least that’s the case if you replace it with a low-flow toilet, which uses far less water. This is helpful for the environment as well as your wallet.

Don’t: Try to Retrieve Items from the Pipes Yourself

Have you ever dropped your wedding ring or another small, valuable item down the drain? We understand the panic that can ensue. But trying to take apart those pipes to retrieve the item can do more harm than good to your plumbing system. Chances are, the item will be stuck in the p-trap, which is the curvy looking pipe under the sink. Cease using that particular sink, and give us a call. We’ll be happy to help!

Do: Insulate Your Pipes During the Winter

You may be surprised to find that it’s not actually pipes freezing that does your plumbing system harm, but rather the thawing process when winter is over. Thawing creates negative pressure within your pipes, and if the ice melts too fast (for instance, if you’re trying to thaw it on your own) then you could end up with a burst pipe, water damage, and the need for repiping in your home.

Don’t: Neglect a Potential Sewer Line Blockage

If you notice a drain here or there that’s clogged, it’s probably easily resolvable. Try using a plunger to relieve superficial drain clogs. If it’s a bit deeper, you may need to call in a professional at that point as drain snaking or hydro-jetting could be required. Please do not use chemical store-bought drain cleaners. These are caustic and can eat away at your pipes!

If you notice several drains slowing down throughout your home, then it’s a sign you have a sewer line blockage and needs to be tended to right away. Sewer line blockages can become much bigger emergencies if neglected for too long.

When you need prompt and accurate plumbing repairs in Ashburn, VA, you want to trust a company who puts values in their customers. That’s what you get with our team! Contact AllTech Services, Inc. today.

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