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There are plenty of reasons homeowners in Carrollton, TX, need the services of an emergency plumber. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas, we can help you determine when you need to give us a call – day or night, 365 days a year – to help you solve your plumbing emergency FAST.
Your Toilet Is Overflowing
Toilet clogs and an overflowing toilet can be a nightmare. Before you call for emergency plumber services, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the clog yourself. First, use a plunger to try and dislodge the clog with suction. Make sure that the plunger forms a tight seal around the bottom of the toilet, and pump rapidly to create a suction force. You may need to try more than once.
One thing to never do when unclogging a toilet is to use chemical drain clog remover. Not only do the harsh chemicals harm your pipes, but the chemicals mixed with toilet waste could be toxic. If plunging the cog doesn’t work, turn off the water supply to the toilet and check the flapper in the top portion. The chain may have become unattached and you’ll need to hook it back. If neither of these fixes work, call for a plumber.
A Pipe Burst In Your Home
While freezing pipes are rare locally this can happen occasionally. To reduce your risk of a burst pipe in wintertime, leave your kitchen faucet on overnight when temps drop below freezing. You just need a bit of water running to reduce the risk of the water freezing in your pipes. You can also make sure that your pipes stay warm, by opening the cabinets that surround your pipes or wrapping towels around those that are close to the exterior walls of your house.
When a pipe bursts, shut off the main water line to your home immediately. While insurance claims might not be the first thing that comes to mind when there’s water everywhere, be sure to take pictures before you begin cleaning up the mess – it will help with your homeowner’s insurance claim. Call an emergency plumber for a burst pipe to prevent more damage to your house.
Sump Pumps Aren’t Pumping
If your sump pump stops working, you may not need an emergency plumber right away. You could have debris on the screen that’s keeping the pump from doing its work. Remove the screen and clean it, and if that doesn’t fix your problem, then you’ll need professional help. A broken sump pump motor could need wiring or a switch replaced, something that isn’t a DIY task.
Cloudy Or Foul-Smelling Water
If your water goes from clear to cloudy or smells foul, like rotten eggs or sewage, then you likely have a problem with your sump pump or septic tank. Or, there could be contaminants in your water lines, either from the municipal water supply or within your home. Don’t use this water – exposure to sewage in the water can be toxic for you, your family, and your pets. Don’t try to diagnose or fix this yourself – an emergency plumber can fix the problem and contain any contamination.
Broken Water Line
Broken water lines aren’t preventable, so knowing what to do if this emergency happens is important. First, turn off the water main for your entire house. You can tell if the lines leading from the city supply to your home have burst outside if you notice puddles in your lawn or soft depressions in one specific area.
Tree roots can cause gradual damage to outside water lines, as can an improperly placed shovel or hoe when doing landscape or lawn improvement. Burst water lines are definitely a job for an emergency plumber, as the leaking water can damage the foundation of your house or lawn.
If your kitchen sink, shower, or tub won’t drain, you likely have a clog that’s completely obstructed the pipe. Clogs happen when you put things in a sink that don’t belong there or if you have a build-up of hair and soap in the shower or sink. You may be able to dislodge a smaller clog using a plunger for suction, but larger clogs require the services of a licensed emergency plumber.
You may be tempted to use chemical clog remover, but these harsh chemicals can cause the material of your pipes to corrode over time. Repeated clogs require emergency plumber services to completely remove them.
Luckily, preventing clogged drains is fairly simple. Purchase traps for your shower and tub to place over the drain and collect stay hairs. Be sure to clean these often. Preventing clogs in the kitchen means keeping large chunks of food and cooking grease out of the sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, the teeth of the appliance are small, and not intended to chop up large pieces of food. Coffee grounds, too, should go in the trash.
Leaking Water Heater
You may not notice if your water heater has a slow leak, as the heat from the appliance can evaporate trickles of water. In fact, many people don’t notice a leaking water heater until the water has damaged their drywall or led to mold or mildew forming.
Regular inspection of your water heater can determine if you do leak. Check the water basin and see how fast the drip pan fills. If it’s fast, then turn off the water heater and the water pipe leading to it, the water inlet. Call an emergency plumber, as a small leak can suddenly get larger and cause a lot more damage or necessitate replacing the water heater entirely.
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Our trained technicians are on hand 24 hours a day for your plumbing emergencies. Give us a call when you need us in a pinch and visit us online for routine repairs, plumbing inspections, and preventative maintenance. We’re the plumbing professionals homeowners in Carrollton, TX and the whole metroplex trust most!