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Five Plumbing Tips for Emergencies

1. As a homeowner, one of the first things you should know about your home is where the main water shut-off can be found. If there is a leak detected in your home, being able to turn off your home’s water can save you money. Typically, you can find the main shut-off valve on the inside perimeter of the house.

Another important set of valves you should know are isolation valves. Isolation valves are found at each plumbing fixture in your home—kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, etc. If the plumbing issue is located at a specific fixture, you can turn the water off at that fixture without turning the water off throughout the house.

2. If there is too much pressure in your water heater tank, it could be the result of a very high temperature coming into the tank. There could be improper drainage or, if there is a damaged tank, a homeowner needs to know how to turn off their water heater. Gas water heaters have a switch that you can turn to the “pilot” position.

3. While your washing machine might be a durable appliance, the hoses connected to it might not be. Most times, a homeowner will discover a crack or a bulge in the hose behind the washer. While this may not be an immediate emergency, this does demand prompt attention and timely replacement of the hoses. A leak from a washing machine’s hose could start a rust issue inside the appliance itself. Is there an atrocious stench coming from your home or backyard? You could be experiencing a sewer system backup, known as one of the absolute worst plumbing nightmares for homeowners and plumbing companies. If you have noticed an abundance of drain clogs, gurgling sounds coming from your toilet, an oppressive sewage odor, or water pooling around your basement’s floor drain, these are early warning signs of a sewer backup. This is one problem you definitely need to call the experts on, and fast!

4. Clogged toilets are no laughing matter, but it is one of the most common plumbing emergencies. Have a plunger easily accessible for all restrooms and instruct family members to avoid that particular toilet until the clog is removed. Continually flushing the toilet can only cause more issues, so avoiding that room is crucial, if possible. These types of clogs can be caused by using too much toilet paper, or it can be a sign of structural damage to the plumbing system.

Plumbing issues can be a beast you do not want to trifle with. That’s why you should rely on Orlando’s experts at Michael’s Plumbing. Schedule a routine appointment today, or call (407) 219-9772 now for immediate service.

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