When it comes to Home Emergencies there a a myriad of circumstances involved, we've compiled the most common of household emergencies and what you can do before you call your plumber.
A leaky bathroom or kitchen tap is the most common emergency plumbing repair in the home. To apply the right repair, you need to know the specific faucet type.
A cartridge or ball tap is composed of one lever for hot and cold water.
A compression tap valve is made from two levers that rise up when turned on.
A reversed compression tap has handlers that lower when water is turned on.
To repair a cartridge or ball tap that is leaking, simply turn the water supply off and use an Allen wrench to remove the tap handle.
Blocked Kitchen Drain
Kitchen drains are designed to remove dirty water from the kitchen sink and dishwasher. Objects larger than food particles can be too big and clog up the pipe.
To relieve blocked drains:
Remove strainer, and place a plunger over the drain's opening. Fill the sink with water, just enough to cover the plunger's cup. Move the plunger up and down to develop suction in the sink. Repeat action until the obstruction is lifted and water drains quickly from the sink.
Clogged toilets require urgent emergency plumbing repair. As a rule of thumb, never flush down large objects.
To unclog a toilet:
If the bowl is full, use a handled container to empty half of its contents. If the bowl is empty, add water until half full.
Place a toilet plunger over the drain and move up and down until water drains out of the bowl.
When the plunger is ineffective despite your repeated tries, switch to a plumbing auger. Push auger down the drain until hitting the obstacle. Rotate auger to break up the blockage.
If the auger is ineffective the clog may be deeper and will require the handling of an emergency plumber.
Tip: To avoid potential health hazards apply a kitchen plunger to a kitchen's sink and a toilet plunger for the toilet. A kitchen plunger looks like a ball cut in half.
A toilet plunger looks more like a distorted ball with a large hole on the bottom.
No Hot Water
A storage tank water heater takes fresh water from the water supply line and heats it up using gas or electricity. Water is kept in the tank at a set temperature until a hot water tap is turned on. When no hot water arrives after turning on the hot water tap, then the source is the water heaters. Faulty thermostat and relief valves can allow internal heat and pressure to rise and explode. Therefore always be cautious when working and examining faulty water heaters as depicted below:
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