When people hear the word “emergency,” their reaction is not to be calm. Their response is usually to panic and think quickly about how to resolve the problem at hand. No plumbing emergency is good. They’re simply not fun to deal with. There are so many ways people use the plumbing system in their home each and every day. They use it to wash dishes, wash hands, flush toilets, water plants, and so on. So when a plumbing emergency happens, all of these daily tasks are inconvenienced. Plus, they can be expensive problems to fix! However, there are a few simple things homeowners can do to prevent these emergencies from happening in the first place.

Clear Out the Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters can be a daunting fall cleaning task. It’s dirty and time-consuming, but totally worth it in the end because it’s one of the easiest ways to prevent plumbing emergencies. As the leaves start to fall, they can clog up the gutters along with twigs, dirt, and other debris. If the gutters aren’t cleaned out, the water can’t drain off the roof and away from the house.

And if the water can’t drain off the roof properly, it can end up leaking and causing damage to both the interior and exterior of the house. Clogged gutters can also become a beloved home for pests, rodents, insects, and other critters that come with their own list of problems. Even though cleaning the gutters can be a long and dreaded task, it’s worth the effort to prevent these plumbing problems.

Insulate Plumbing Pipes

Another great way to prevent plumbing emergencies is to insulate or wrap the plumbing pipes. Here’s what can happen if the pipes aren’t insulated:

  1. When cold pipes are exposed to warm air, moisture (due to condensation) starts to form. This can lead to puddles forming on the floor, mold growing around the pipes, or other water damage.
  2. As the temperatures outside continue to drop, pipes are more likely to freeze. And when pipes freeze, they have a much higher probability of bursting, resulting in tons of water damage to the walls, flooring, furniture, cabinets, or other items around the pipe.

Pipe insulation is a great way to prevent these plumbing problems from taking place.

Thoroughly Clean the Drains

Clogged drains are a pretty common plumbing problem. Most homeowners have dealt with them at one point or another. There is a wide range of damage that these clogs can cause. On the less severe end of the spectrum, a clogged drain can cause slow drainage. On the more severe end, it can lead to a backup in the main line, forcing wastewater to enter through the house’s drains. This would be a situation that needs to be addressed immediately, but even the smallest clogs should be resolved quickly because they can build up over time and cause bigger issues.

Liquid drain cleaners are often the solution that people turn to first. However, homeowners should be wary of using these products. They have a lot of chemicals in them that can eat away at the plumbing pipes and are dangerous when they make contact with human skin or eyes. Plumbing snakes and hydrojetting are better methods to use. They’re effective, safe for the plumbing system, and safe for the person who is clearing out the clog.

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