These are some tips from our plumbers to help you deal with winter plumbing emergencies.
A Pipe Burst
You should turn off the main water supply. Lower the pressure by opening the faucets on the lowest level of your home, usually the basement. Then, identify the exact problem. If the problem is in the hot water line, turn off the water supply to the heater.
Turn the main line on again so that cold water can still be used while the pipe repairs are being completed. Turn off the water heater if the water is not being used for a long time.
Frozen Sink Drain
Long Beach plumbers recommend that you fill the sink using very hot water and a few tablespoons of table salt. Salt can penetrate the ice to melt it if it is not too close to the sink.
Clogged Kitchen Drain
Grease is the main reason for most sink clogs. Simply pour boiling water down your drain. Wait a while, then plunge with a plunger. Our Long Beach plumbers recommend that you place a drain stopper inside one bowl and then plunge the opposite side.
You can try to plunge the drain but make sure you stuff a rag or cover the overflow to prevent it from blowing out.
Sometimes, a sewer problem can cause drains to back up. Our Long Beach plumbers recommend flushing the toilet to check. If the sewer backs up and water is visible in the basement sink, it could be a sign that the sewer is blocked. To allow for adequate drain time, use water sparingly. Unplug the sump pump if it is leaking into the sewer. Otherwise, sewage can flow through the drain.
A plunger is best for a moderate to small clog. A closet auger is a good option for a stubborn clog. However, it can be risky. Do not flush a toilet if it is blocked or overflowing. Turn off the water supply to the toilet by turning the knob located under the toilet.
No Hot water
If there is no hot running water, it is likely that one of the following things is wrong with your heater. If the water pressure is not dropping but there is cold water, then it is likely that your pilot light is out or that the fuse has blown. To check if the pilot lamp is on, turn off a gas-fired device.
Long Beach Plumbers recommend following the instructions on how to relight your unit. Check the fuse panel for an electric unit and flip the correct circuit switch to “on”.
Lower Water Pressure
Our Long Beach plumbers will recommend checking your water heater for any signs of leakage. Turn off the valve at the top of your unit if it is leaking. Next, turn off the fuel. For a gas-fired unit turn the gas control valve off, or flip the circuit switch off for an electrical unit.