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A Homeowner's Guide to Dealing with a Plumbing Emergency

Most of the plumbing problems that the homeowner faces are minor and routine, such as a simple clogged drain or a leaky faucet. But every once in a while, a plumbing emergency can strike, and when it does, it’s important that homeowners know what to do. Here are three common types of plumbing emergencies and how they should be dealt with:

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Burst Water Pipes

Water pipes burst when they freeze in cold temperatures. A burst water pipe can cause major—and often permanent—water damage within your home. If a water pipe bursts in your home, locate and shutoff the main water valve immediately to stop the water flowing out of the broken pipe. The main water valve can usually be found by your water meter. Call a professional plumbing service immediately for help repairing the broken pipe.

Problems with the Sewer Line

A backed-up sewer line can result from an object clogging the line, tree root damage to the pipe, or other clogs along the way. What may at first appear to be simply a backed-up toilet may turn out to be a more serious problem. If you think that your sewer line may be blocked, then you should shut off the water supply to your home and call a plumber right away.

Gas Leaks

Although some homeowners may not realize it, problems with gas lines are often handled by plumbers. If you suspect a gas leak, take action right away, as it can potentially be a very dangerous situation. It’s important for homeowners to know the location of their home’s gas shutoff valve, and if gas is leaking, that valve should be turned off and the house evacuated. Always call for help when you suspect a gas leak.

Arrow Plumbing Inc. can help you with a range of residential and commercial plumbing issues, from frozen pipes to drain and sewer problems to gas lines. Call us today at (847) 549-9600 or visit us online for more information about our plumbing services in Libertyville.

Preventing Clogged Drains

A clogged drain is one plumbing problem that nearly every Libertyville homeowner has experienced at one time or another. While some clogged drains are minor, others are more serious and require help from the professionals. Many, if not most, clogged drains could be avoided by taking more care to restrict what goes down the drain.

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Kitchen Sink Drains

The sink in the kitchen typically gets the most use out of any sink or drain in the house. It’s also a site that is at risk for clogs, since food and cooking materials that get washed down the drain can cause major problems. Although you should always have a drain filter to catch any large items from going down the drain, make sure to also avoid dumping oil and grease down the drain; oil and grease can harden within your pipes and cause a very difficult and potentially damaging clog. Instead, allow your cooking grease or oil to cool, and then toss it into the garbage. If you do have a clog, call a plumber rather than pouring potentially dangerous cleaning solutions down your drain.

Bathroom Drains

The other common culprit for clogged drains is the bath or shower drain in the bathroom. These drains often become clogged with hair, which can accumulate over time until the hair is preventing adequate drainage. Make sure that your drain has a filter, and clean it as often as possible.

Pipe Problems

Sometimes, drain problems point to a bigger problem with your plumbing. Pipes sometimes need to be repaired or replaced.  Conducting periodic checks and maintenance may be the best way to prevent future drainage problems. If the blockage is within your sewer line, you should have it addressed immediately, as this can lead to overflowing toilets and other major problems.

If you have a clogged drain or want to know more about how to prevent them, get in touch with Arrow Plumbing Inc. today. You can reach us at (847) 549-9600 to make an appointment or visit us on the Web for more information about the wide range of plumbing services we offer. 

Have Questions Concerning Hot Water Heaters?

Arrow Plumbing, Inc has been serving Libertyville, IL for over fifteen years. We have a wealth of plumbing experience and can help you maintain all of your plumbing appliances. Call (847) 549-9600 to speak to one of our technicians. To learn more, peruse these links related to our recent blog topics.

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Water Heater: How it Works

The standard storage hot water heater heats water with its pilot light in such an efficient manner that forty gallons of water take only forty minutes to heat. The metal used in the manufacture of water heaters is a great conductor, capable of transferring that heat to the water quickly. A layer of insulation between the exterior and interior shells of the water heater does not allow any heat to escape and also acts to heat the water.

If you’re having issues with your hot water heater, you should call a plumber for a tune-up as soon as possible. In Libertyville, IL call (847) 549-9600 to speak to the plumbing professionals at Arrow Plumbing, Inc.

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