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Plumbing Emergencies

July 26, 2016

Best Service has been serving the Orange County area for years and we have built our reputation as the most trusted and dependable plumber in Orange County through our hard work and attention to detail. Throughout our time in the area, we have worked with a number of homeowners who have experienced plumbing emergencies and know the frustrations that can come from these situations!

While you may not be able to plan for a plumbing emergency, there are steps that you can take to minimize the possibility of a plumbing issue occurring in your home. Tips that will help you minimize your risk for a plumbing emergency include: plumbing emergencies

Dispose of kitchen grease properly: From our experience, most clogs that lead to plumbing emergencies in homes come from kitchen sinks. If you pour the fat run-off from cooking down your kitchen drain, your plumbing could suffer from hardening and narrowing of the pipes as the grease cools in your plumbing. Properly disposing of your grease in the garbage will help keep your kitchen sink pipes clean and unrestricted.

Avoid hanging items from pipes: If there are areas in your basement or garage where you have exposed pipes, it can be tempting to hang wet clothing from your pipes. While this may seem convenient in regards to drying clothes, the weight of wet clothing can pull exposed pipes from their joints, leading to a serious plumbing emergency.

Watch what you flush and put in your toilet: Many people take advantage of new disposable “wipes” that are on the market, but while the manufacturers state that these items are biodegradable, new studies have shown that they may not be breaking down properly in septic or plumbing systems. Being wary of what you flush can help you avoid a plumbing emergency. In addition, new information has shown that the popular drop-in toilet cleaners to clean toilets are filled with corrosive chemicals that can damage your plumbing system and have caused some toilet manufacturers to void warranties on toilets if they are used by homeowners.

Check your hoses: One common plumbing emergency that we have encountered is related to washing machines and their hoses. Most washing machines come with a standard black rubber water hose and while they are satisfactory for use, they can burst unexpectedly and release up to 5 gallons of water a minute into your home! Changing to braided stainless steel hoses will offer much better protection for your home to avoid a severe plumbing emergency.

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time to your home and while you may not be able to avoid all plumbing emergencies, taking proactive steps to protect your home plumbing can offer peace of mind for your family. If you have a plumbing emergency or need to have the plumbing in your home inspected by the professionals at Best Service, please call 714-400-2378 or visit our website for more information today!