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What steps should I take in case of a plumbing emergency?

How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency

Montgomery PlumberA plumbing emergency can be a nightmare. However you can familiarize yourself with a few basic plumbing steps that can help you temporarily solve your emergency until a plumber can come to your home to thoroughly check out the problem and make needed repairs.

[Probably the most common plumbing emergency is finding a leaky kitchen or bathroom faucet.]1 To stop this kind of leak you first must know the type of faucet that is leaking. To fix a ball faucet or cartridge type you must shut off the water supply then remove the handle of the faucet using an Allen wrench.

A clogged toilet can also be a challenge but it usually can be unclogged easily. If the bowl is unfilled than fill it with water to fill half way. If it is full already try to remove half of the contents. Put a plunger over the drain and use an up and down movement until it drains. If this is unsuccessful then try using a plumbing auger (a snake-like cable) by pressing it down inside the drain until you feel it hitting the item that is causing the clog. Next try breaking up the blockage using the auger. If this is also not working then you must call a plumber.

[A sink drain easily drains out dirty water but these can easily become clogged up if you are not careful.]1 Many times certain objects that are bigger than standard food particles will clog the pipe in the kitchen sink. To unclog a sink, first remove the strainer and put a plunger over the opening of the drain. Put a small amount of water in the sink to cover the cup on the end of the plunger. Using an up and down movement, move the plunger until you can feel blockage moving. The water should start to drain out. If this is not successful then you can try using a plumbing snake. However if this method does not work it can mean that the clog is deeply inside the drain. If this is the case then you should contact a plumbing professional.

Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Montgomery area? Stop and call Cole Plumbing immediately at 334-279-8919

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