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Don't Let The Chaos Of The Holidays Cause You To Make These Plumbing Mistakes

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 2:02pm

The chaos of the holidays can be overwhelming. Activities like hosting parties, shopping among the crowds of people, and having kids out of school for holiday break are all things that can make this time even more hectic.

Hurried choices and chaos are usually paid for by your plumbing system. Typically, your plumbing system will act out with some kind of clog, which can stop or slow down your progress. If you find yourself with a plumbing emergency during the holidays, make sure to follow these steps:

  • Turn the water off. If the emergency is localized to one fixture like the toilet or kitchen sink, make sure to turn the water off to that fixture only. This is especially important to do with a toilet clog because the water inside of the toilet will continue to overflow onto your bathroom floor. If the emergency is a broken pipe that has frozen, then you need to turn off the main water shut off valve. This will dramatically limit the amount of water damage that is done to your home and belongings.
  • Stay calm. This is the best thing that you can do in any kind of stressful situation. When you are calm, you make better choices and don’t run the risk of escalating the problem. For instance, if you have a broken pipe that has flooded the living room, make sure to begin picking up magazines and newspapers from the floor so that the water doesn’t cause the newsprint ink to transfer and stain your carpet. Staying calm will help you to see these points where you can be helpful.
  • Call for help. Contact your local plumbing technician and accurately describe the plumbing emergency. Make sure to let them know of any intervention that you have tried. This is especially true if you have tried to use drain clog removing chemicals (not recommended). If the drain is full of chemicals, then when the clog is release the chemicals could splash out of the drain and into the face of the technician. It is important that he or she know if this is a risk.

Holiday plumbing emergencies are not a fun or welcome occurrence but, they do happen – more often than you might think. Make sure to follow these tips if you find yourself with a plumbing emergency during the holidays.

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