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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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What to Do in Case of Frozen Pipes and Other Emergency Plumbing Situations

by Madison Dean

One of the most common causes of an emergency plumbing situation is frozen pipes during winter. But don’t stress because this blog post will tell you what to do in case of frozen pipes and other emergency plumbing situations.

Be Prepared:

Prevention is always better than a cure. Before winter sets in, make sure your pipes are insulated. This helps retain heat and prevents pipes from freezing when temperatures fall below zero. You can also open up cabinets below sinks and faucets to allow warm air circulation. If you’re planning a vacation during winter, make sure you leave the heating system running to prevent frozen pipes. And most importantly, know where your main shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off in case of an emergency.

Dealing with Frozen Pipes:

If you still end up with frozen pipes, don’t try to fix the issue yourself, especially if you lack experience. Trying to thaw the pipes yourself could cause them to burst. Instead, call a licensed plumber who is experienced in dealing with frozen pipes. They’ll know how to thaw the pipes without damaging them and prevent them from bursting.

Avoiding Clogged Drains:

Another common emergency plumbing situation is when your drains become clogged. To avoid this, make sure you dispose of waste products correctly. Avoid putting cooking grease, bones, coffee grounds, eggshells, and other hard-to-dissolve materials down the drain. Use strainers to prevent hair and other debris from entering your drains. And schedule routine drain cleaning to keep everything flowing smoothly.

Handling Leaking Pipes:

If you have a leaking pipe, the first thing you need to do is locate the break. Shut off the water supply and call a licensed plumber. They’ll locate the break and assess the damage. Leaking pipes should not be taken lightly, as they can cause water damage, mold formation, and other health hazards.

Keeping Your Plumbing System Functional:

Consistent upkeep plays a pivotal role in ensuring the peak functionality of your plumbing system. Make it a priority to schedule regular professional inspections for your plumbing system. This proactive approach ensures the utmost quality and functionality, giving you peace of mind and preventing any potential issues down the line. Also, replace old and worn-out equipment, such as faucets and showerheads, to prevent leaks and conserve water.

By being prepared, avoiding clogs, and dealing with leaks and frozen pipes promptly, you can prevent many emergency plumbing situations altogether. But if you do experience an emergency plumbing situation, don’t panic, and call a licensed plumber right away. Remember to keep in mind these tips so you can keep your plumbing system functional and avoid costly mishaps.

For more information, contact an emergency plumbing service in your area.