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5 Emergency Plumbing Tips

Plumbing emergencies King County home owners should be prepared for.

A plumbing emergency can pop up without warning. But that's no reason to panic. In fact, fixing plumbing issues (or at least fending off the small ones until a professional plumber can get to it) has been in the back pocket of do-it-your-selfers since plumbing has been around. It only takes a bit of simple know-how, some pre-preparedness, and a few items from around the house to fix a clogged drain or pipe, or stop a leaky toilet or faucet. Knowing what to do when the water starts flowing can save money and frustration.King county plumbing emergency

  1. First, know where your house's main shut-off valve is located. If you know where your water meter is, the main shut-off valve is usually located near it. If your house uses well water, the shut off is most likely located near the well-pump, usually in the well house. Finding the shut-off valve should be the first thing you do when moving into a new house. And though in most plumbing emergencies shuting off the main valve won't be necessary, it doesn't hurt to arm yourself with the knowledge of its location.
  2. Similarly, knowing how to shut off the water supply to individual fixtures is also vital. Isolating the water to each item will not only stop the flow of water, but will also allow you to repair it, or wait for an expert to. Ideally, these valves should be inspected once a year, and turned from on to off to make sure they are in working order, in case of emergency.
  3. You should know how to fix a clogged or overflowing toilet, which is perhaps the most common problem in your home. When a toilet is approaching the point of overflow, turn the cold water on in a nearby sink or bathtub to hinder the toilet's water use. From there, locate the shut off valve to the toilet that is usually located directly behind the toilet. With the water supply off, you'll then be able to work on draining the toilet with a flange plunger without worrying about water flowing onto your floor.
  4. If you have a leaking or drippy faucet, its important to fix it before it drains your bank account. Dripping faucets can cost you hundreds of dollars a year if they are left as is. And fixing it could be as simple as replacing an o-ring, or taking it a part, cleaning it, and reassembling it (be sure to turn the water off beforehand). If you are unable to fix the faucet, simply turning off the valve and calling a plumber can also do the trick. Tip: a sink's shut off valve is located under the vanity; a bathtub's are usually located behind an access panel, and often will require you to shut off both hot and cold.
  5. If these tips don’t do the trick or the job turns into a bigger problem, be sure to have the contact information of a trusted and reliable plumber handy! Fox Plumbing and Heating offers the fast, professional and friendly service you’ve come to rely on. Having a plumbing or heating problem? We'll bend over backwards to make it right.
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15 Responses

  1. These are great plumbing emergency tips that we always must take into consideration wherever we are. :)
  2. Your post is very informative and also needful for all persons. Emergency plumbing tips you shared are really beneficial for all. Many times plumbing emergencies comes at the time when we have to do something before call a plumber.
  3. I once had a pipe burst and I wasn't sure where the valve was to turn off the water flow! I will absolutely make sure in the future to check where my valve shut-off is located. However, I'm not sure how to shut off the water supply to individual fixtures. Do you know where I would find individual valves in my house?
  4. Great tips for at least to save your time and cost.
  5. Thanks for the tips! The information about fixing a dripping faucet in point #4 will help me save a lot of money on my plumbing repair. I've been trying to figure out how to fix it myself, but none of my attempts have been successful. I haven't tried replacing the o-ring, or taking it apart, cleaning it, and reassembling it back in place. It seems as though I just need to replace the o-ring, so I'll try that before taking my apart my faucet.
  6. Oh hey, just this morning I also had a problem with a plumbing issue. When the emergency plumber came by my house he saw that the shut valve was unable to shut off since the last repairman turned it too tight. That was the only issue right there oh and plus there was a clog in one of the pipes.
  7. These are some great tips for dealing with an emergency plumbing situation. I just moved into an older house that has a history of plumbing problems, so I'll be sure to figure out where the main water valve is as well as the pipes to specific fixtures. Do you have any instructions for how to fix a dripping faucet?
  8. I could see how knowing where the main shut-off valve is could be really helpful. If a plumbing emergency really happens, it is vital to know how to stop your house from flooding! I didn't know that a leaky faucet could costs hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. Thanks for the info!
  9. These are some useful plumbing tips that I will definitely have to keep in mind for the future. The third is especially useful; I hadn't known that turning on the sink's cold water could limit the water that the toilet's using. That makes working with clogged-up toilets a lot less stressful! I also appreciate the knowledge of where individual appliances' shut-off valves usually are, because I hadn't known that before. Thanks!
  10. good blog post, some helpful tips there
  11. Kendall Ryder
    I wouldn't have even thought to turn on another tap when dealing with an overflowing toilet. That is such a good thing to know because I will make sure to do that. It would be nice to be able to limit the damage as much as possible! That way, I don't have as big of a problem on my hands!
  12. Good to know about emergency tips for plumbing. I can assure many people are using this tips when required. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Here's a useful tip; Thank you for your valuable advice and very well detailed
  14. I really liked your emphasis on knowing the layout of your home's plumbing. The last thing you want to happen is to lose a lot of money or cause damage to your home due to ignorance. Do you have any advice about how to learn those things about your home? I have no background in plumbing, so I'm not sure how I would find out how to do some of the things you suggested.
  15. I really like your tip about fixing a leaking or drippy faucet before it drains your bank account. That definitely seems like an important thing to do to make sure that you aren't spending more money than you have to each money. We will be sure to call a plumber if that is ever the case, thanks for sharing!

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