Dealing With Summer Plumbing Emergencies

Sum­mer can bring it’s own spe­cial brand of plumb­ing emer­gen­cies. Here’s a few below, and how to han­dle them…

1) Scald­ing hot water — Boil­ing or scald­ing water is an emer­gency for many rea­sons. If you have chil­dren, you need to take spe­cial pre­cau­tions. This prob­a­bly means that some­thing has gone array with the water tank. Keep them away from the tank, and from any faucets and out­lets while you work.

First, go to the breaker box and shut down the tank. You can also just let the hot water run until the tank drains and the water runs cold. If the hot water tank is old, it may be worth replac­ing it. It’s prob­a­bly an ele­ment or a ther­mo­stat prob­lem. Since a water tank is elec­tric­ity and water together, it’s best to call for help!

2) Over­flow­ing toi­let — The old say­ing goes, “Into everyone’s life a lit­tle rain must fall.” That’s all fine and good until its water from the toi­let! Peo­ple freak out more about the com­mode than they do most plumb­ing issues. Visions of human waste flood their mind and send chills up their spin. Thank­fully, most of the time the water stops just before it spills over. But then again there are those few times when it does come flood­ing out.

You need to shut off the water. This can be done at the base of the toi­let or at the main loca­tion. You can also reach into the back of the toi­let and life the ball to allow it to stop fill­ing up. Using a plunger usu­ally does the trick, but if not, you may need the help from emer­gency plumb­ing ser­vices to get your drains run­ning clear.

3) Busted sewer lines - If you are in an area that tends to get a lot of sum­mer­time thun­der­storms, that could result in a backup of your sewer lines. In addi­tion, tree roots can invade those lines and cause a major obstruc­tion. Have a plumber give this part of your plumb­ing sys­tem a thor­ough once-over to see if there are any signs of prob­lems. This is not a DIY fix, even for DIY super-heros.

Like we always say, it’s best to try to resolve your plumb­ing issues. How­ever, when you’re in over your head, call for emer­gency plumb­ing ser­vices. We’re avail­able 24/7, 7 days a week. Enjoy your sum­mer, Columbia!

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