Handling Emergency Plumbing Repairs

It’s unfortunate that most of the times you need a plumber are emergencies. Fortunately, we’re a plumber in Greenville, SC, that understands the urgency, and we’ll respond quickly.

Here is a list of the most common plumbing emergencies. Yes, we want to be your plumber of choice, but we also want to give you some instructions on some common repairs that you could handle on your own.

If these steps taken do not resolve your plumbing emergency, or if you simply do not feel confident about trying any of this yourself, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately.handling emergency plumbing repairs

A Leaky Faucet

Actually, a kitchen or bathroom faucet that leaks is one of the most common things a homeowner will call a plumber for help with. First of all, if you’re going to try to repair this yourself, you have to know exactly what kind of faucet you’re dealing with. A ball faucet (or cartridge faucet) is made of two different levers – one for the cold water and another one for the hot water. A compression faucet valve is made from two levers that rise up when turned on. A reversed compression faucet has handlers that lower when water is turned on. To repair a cartridge or ball faucet that is leaking, simply turn the water supply off and use an Allen wrench to remove the faucet handle.

Your Kitchen Drain is Stopped Up

It goes without saying, but your kitchen sink/drain is made to let dirty water flow away from your sink, and also to allow for draining from your automatic dishwasher. The drain is also in place to rinse away pulverized food from your garbage disposal. If you let items go down your drain that are too large for it to handle, the result is a clogged up pipe, or drain. To see if you can unstop this clogged drain, you might want to try the following:
If there is a screen or strainer over the opening in your kitchen sink, remove it. Then, get a plunger and fit it over top of the drain opening. You should then run just enough water in the sink to cover the “cup” of the plunger. Begin to develop some suction by pumping the plunger up and down. Continue with this action until the obstruction comes loose, and the water should drain right away. If you find that the plunger routine doesn’t work, you could try a plumber’s kitchen drain snake. You can buy them at most hardware stores.

If you still haven’t fixed the problem, call your emergency plumber so you don’t have a complete backup spilling over into your kitchen floor.

When Your Toilet is Clogged

A clogged up toilet is a serious emergency as it poses a health hazard and can fill your home with a foul odor. It’s the least likely thing to try to tackle yourself because it’s such a dirty job. But, if you’d like to give a try, here are some tips. If your toilet bowl is close to being full, use something to scoop out at least half of its contents. It’s unlikely, but if the toilet bowl is close to empty, then add water to it until it’s about half full.
1. You know that plunger routine we talked about for your kitchen drain? Well, try it on a clogged toilet. Keep the plunging action going, moving it up and down until the water in the toilet bowl will drain. If you find that working with the plunger isn’t successful despite your best efforts, you may want to try a plumber’s auger. You can purchase one of these at the large home supplies stores or they can be rented. Just do a search on Google. Follow the directions that come with it. If you don’t want to take your own efforts this far, or you are still left with a toilet that is stopped up, call us immediately. We’ll be there as quickly as possible, as we understand this is not something you want to deal with for very long.

Note: There are different types of plungers for a kitchen sink and a bathroom toilet. Be sure to use the right kind for each job.

You Have No Hot Water

If your home has a typical hot water heater, then it uses fresh water from your water line and heats it up using either electricity or gas. Water is stored inside the tank at a set temperature until you turn on a hot water faucet. If, after running the water for a bit, you find that you have no hot water, this points to a problem with the water heater itself. A faulty thermostat and relief valves can allow internal heat and pressure to rise and explode. It is advised that you always be very cautious when trying to diagnose a hot water heater situation. In fact, we would strongly advise that you just call us as your emergency plumber.
You might want to check the other faucets in your home before first deciding that it’s a problem with the tank itself. If you have hot water in other areas of the home, and the problem is isolated to one faucet, you are probably looking at a broken pipe. If you carefully put your hand on the water heater, and if it feels hot then the tank is probably ok. You might want to also check your electrical circuit breaker to see if that might be the problem. If you have gas, check that the pilot light is lit.

When all is said and done, and you are not able to fix these problems on your own, please know that Plumbing Pros of Greenville stands ready to assist you quickly for any emergency plumbing needs you have. Call us today!

Plumbing Pros Greenville
3210 Old Buncombe Rd
Greenville, SC 29609