How to Minimize Home Plumbing Damage

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Remember Murphy’s Law? It’s probably around forty years old by now, but as true today as the day it was coined: when something can go wrong, it probably will. And often at the worst possible time.

Unfortunately, your home plumbing fixtures and system are broadly embraced by Murphy’s Law. And yet, just because something appears to be wrong, that doesn’t you should call a plumber right away since some fast action on your part, at the very least, can help to minimize the problem. Here are few typical examples:

  1. Locate the problem – Do you hear the sound of running water, even though you’re pretty sure no one is using any? If so, follow the sound and as you attempt to locate the source. If, for example, you discover an overflowing toilet, turn off the toilet water valve. If you can’t pinpoint the source, shut off your main water valve and then give us a call. The extra water you prevent from flowing can spare you untold damage and expense.
  1. Determine the extent of the problem – Is the problem one leaky faucet or, for example, are multiple drains backing up at the same time? Or, what if you’ve lost heat in the middle of the night and you wake up to frosty indoor temperatures? To prevent your pipes from freezing, turn on at least one could water faucet to a trickle before calling Burton for assistance. Moving water is much more difficult to freeze than standing water.   
  1. Try fixing it yourself – Picture yourself facing a clogged drain problem. Common sense dictates they don’t all require help from a professional drain cleaner. So, before you call on, try plunging the clog free. If that doesn’t work, pour 1/3 cup each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar down the drain, let that combination sit for 30 minutes, and then chase with boiling hot water. Even if the latter effort doesn’t work the first time, it might the second. Still, when all else fails, Burton is ready 24/7 to assist you.
  1. Start your sump pump – Before the rainy season gets underway, start your sump pump to ensure that it at least has power. If so, pour a pail of water into the pit to see if the pump pushes it outdoors. If not, we’re ready to jump in to help keep your basement water free all rainy season long.

Burton is your go-to team of professional plumbers, no matter the need, day or night. If you’re able to fix or at least buy some time with your current problem, great! But when professional help is needed, Burton is ready to respond.  Contact us now or any time to request service.