A plumbing emergency can be a huge source of anxiety for everyone involved. When you are in the middle of a plumbing emergency one of the worst things you can do is panic, which let’s be honest it is hard not to panic if you don’t know what to do. A little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to preventing plumbing problems and dealing with emergencies. Here are some plumbing tips that can save you in a pinch.


Overflowing Toilet

This is one of the most useful plumbing tips because an overflowing toilet happens all the time. Most of the time it is by pure accident. An overflowing toilet is of concern because it can cause a flood which can cause a lot of damage. Not to mention the sanitation concern. If you find yourself with an overflowing toilet, open the lid to the tank and close the flapper. This will stop to flow of water from the tank to the bowl. Then you can proceed with the normal unclogging procedures.


Burst Pipe

Knowing what do with a burst pipe is another good plumbing tip. A burst pipe is an unwelcome plumbing emergency that can make a huge mess. Pipes can burst for a variety of reasons. It is hard to tell sometimes when this type of emergency might strike, sense most of your plumbing pipes are buried behind the wall. If you suffer from a burst pipe, the most important thing to do is turn off the water supply right away. This helps minimize damage, water waste, and helps minimize the threat of electrical shock. Proceed with caution, because water and electricity do not mix. Contact your plumber right away.


Burst Appliance Hose

Appliance hoses are another thing that tend to cause a lot of damage. When an appliance hose bursts, it can cause a big mess and a lot of damage if it happens when you aren’t home. The best advice we can offer is to keep your hoses in good condition. Appliance hoses don’t last much longer than 5 years. If they are nearing that point, consider replacing them. Older hoses get brittle and wear out over time. This is when leak occur.


Flooded Water Heater

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Water heaters are another thing that can cause a lot of damage. Water heaters typically only last 10-12 years so if your water heater is getting on in years, then it might be a good idea to replace

it. Some signs the integrity of your water heater might be compromised are: loud rumbling sounds when the water heater is activated, rusty colored water, water that isn’t hot enough, or an unexplained hike in your water bill.

For more plumbing tips check out our other articles. Got a plumbing emergency? Contact Lesco Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling today!


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