5 Plumbing Emergencies San Diego Ninja Moms Fix Fast!
We see our mom clients going in twelve different directions and wonder: which is easier for them? Calling a plumber or fixing the leak/disposal/toilet themselves?
Our answer: it depends. Plumbing emergencies can be greatly mitigated by some fast-thinking on the part of the homeowner. While we do hope you leave big jobs like slab leaks and sewer issues to us, we know you hard-working, multi-tasking moms can pull off a number of astounding feats. When it comes to emergency plumbing repair, San Diego moms can avoid the hassle and expense of calling in a professional plumber if they’re ready with a few skills.
Stop that FLOOD!
A pipe has burst and water is pouring through your ceiling, seeping through your hardwood floor or gushing out of your water heater. Don’t just run away or call the plumber. The first thing to do is turn off the whole house water. Everyone in the household should know where the home’s main water valve is located. It’s typically at the front of the garage in line with the water pressure gauge at the street. Shutting off your water supply is as simple as turning the level so it’s perpendicular to the pipe running underneath it. (This secondary valve will turn water off from the street to the house by the way.) Shutting off the whole house water will stop the water flow immediately, reducing damage.
Rubber Duckie/Stuffed Animal Clogs Bathroom Toilet
If you don’t have a wet/dry vacuum, most likely a neighbor does. Bring this light-weight tool to the scene of the crime, and turn water valve to the toilet off (it’s typically a silver knob at the base of the toilet; turn it right to tighten and shut off water supply). Use wet/dry vac to remove all water from the toilet. If the wet/dry vac doesn’t dislodge the item, you may be able to reach in and grab it.
Running Toilet Water-Wasting Emergency
Living in drought conditions, San Diego families are already under pressure to reduce water use. This water-waster typically stems from a blocked or deteriorating flapper. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program reports that a leaking toilet can result in 90 gallons of water lost in a 24-hour period. To save yourself money and the county its most precious resource, fix the issue quickly.
Simply remove the back of the toilet and check to see if the toilet-tank freshener (or any other item) has gotten stuck between flapper and the toilet drain, blocking the flapper open. Remove the obstruction.
Another quick fix is checking to see if the flapper is worn. After measuring the flapper, a quick trip to home supply store gets you a replacement in no time.
Plumbing Emergency Prevention: Turn off Your Water Heater if You Are Going Out of Town
Subscribers to Murphy’s Law believe that if the water heater is going to leak, it will occur during a vacation. Save yourself money and worry when you’re due to leave the home for an extended time with a little skill and foresight!
Shutting down the water heater is a two-step process. Simply turn the gas supply knob to the off position. Turn off an electric water heater by tripping the circuit breaker or fuse that supplies electricity to it. Turn off the water supply as well by turning the shutoff valve on the cold water supply pipe. Bon Voyage!
The Accursed Faucet Drip
While not at the top of the plumbing emergencies list, the dripping faucet becomes dire when it strikes irritability into the minds of moms, dads and kids.
Most likely, a dripping faucet is caused by a washer that’s eroded. Luckily, this is an easy fix, although it requires a few steps and a run to the home supply store in between. Simply:
- Shut of the water at the shutoff valve under the sink.
- Remove the cap on the faucet handle.
- Unscrew the screw looking back at you from the exposed handle. Lift off the handle to expose the valve.
- Remove the valve with a deep socket wrench.
- With the valve in your hand, remove the screw hold the washer on the end of the valve.
- Take the washer to the hardware store to get the right replacement.
- Once back home, replace the washer.
- Reassemble the faucet.
- Turn the valve under the sink back on to get water.
Fixing a dripping faucet is an incredibly common plumbing repair San Diego moms fix every day.
Have a Plumbing Emergency? Call Perry Plumbing for Fast Response!
Perry Plumbing’s technicians are on the ready to help you diminish your plumbing emergency. We are also happy to share tips with determined do-it-yourselfers. Don’t hesitate to call us at 619-472-2112. If despite your best efforts, the job overwhelms you, we’ll send a technician to provide a no-obligation quote with up-front pricing. We’re currently offering great plumbing repair discounts and specials San Diego families use every day. Up front pricing and no travel time charges keep you in control of the budget. Interested in getting great plumbing tips that increase the value of your home and prevent plumbing emergencies? Follow us on Facebook!