Plumbing Emergency Tips

Before calling you emergency local plumber try this tricks.

  • Always know where the main water shut-off valve is located in case of a leak.
  • Know how to turn off the water heater. If it’s a gas water heater, turn the switch to the “pilot” position.
  • Isolation valves located at each fixture will stop the flow of water to that location. This allows water to continue to service the remainder of the house while the leak is being repaired. It’s a good idea to turn on and off each isolation valve in the house at least once a year to keep them in good working condition.
  • Using two wrenches at once turning in opposite directions is called “backing off” and allows the wrench to absorb the stress and not the plumbing.
  • Slip joint pliers can be used to loosen the collar nuts on a drain line.
  • If a supply tube break off is causing a leak, screw in a blind cap to seal off the leak until it can be fixed.
  • Occasionally, the ferrules in a supply tube can get scratched or dented causing water to leak. Use Teflon tape around the ferrule until a permanent repair can be made.
  • Use duct tape or pipe sealing tape to pull together a crack in a pipe, reducing the leak as a temporary solution.
  • A cup plunger can be used for small drains like bath tubs, showers and lavatory sinks. Forced cup plungers have a funnel that can apply extra force down the drain, which is good for sinks or toilets.
  • When unclogging a kitchen sink, use a second plunger to cover the other drain to get the most force to remove the clog.
  • To unclog a toilet, use a forced cup plunger.
  • For bathtub clogs, unscrew the chrome cap — this exposes the entire drain. Once the mechanism is removed, you’ll be able to see the clog. Put the plunger on the drain, and then use the second plunger to plug up the tub’s overflow. Plunge the drain to remove the clog.
    Allen wrenches are useful for working on a faucet and garbage disposals.

Local plumber near me

Years of training and/or experience are needed to become a skilled plumber; some jurisdictions also require that plumbers be licensed.

Some needed skills, interests, and values. Protecting health and welfare of the nation is the top priority of a plumber along with,

  • Reading drawings, and specifications to determine layout of water supply, waste, and venting systems
  • Detecting faults in plumbing appliances and systems, and correctly diagnosing their causes
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  • Joining pipes and fittings together using soldering techniques, compression fittings, threaded fittings, and push-on fittings.
  • Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • Awareness of legal regulations and safety issues
  • Ensuring safety standards and building regulations are met.
  • Copper Piping
  • Hydronic heating system installation and maintenance.
  • ADA Compliance
  • Potable Water Systems
  • Sanitary Waste & Vent
  • Code Compliance
  • Acid Waste
  • Grease trap interceptors (install)
  • Heating Hot Water
  • Chill Water
  • Backflow Preventers
  • Natural Gas
  • Storm Drains
  • Seismic
  • New Construction
  • Urinals (waterless and standard)
  • Flush Valves
  • Toilet Chair Carriers
  • Floor Drains
  • Floor Clean Outs
  • Combination waste & Vent
  • Floor Sinks