Plumbing Advice for Common Problems
Homeowners have a lot on their hands the minute they step into their first house. While even the newest homes come with a list of chores and responsibilities of their very own, the feeling of owning your own place outweighs everything else. Adding value to your home through sweat equity over the years not only helps protect the resale value of the house itself, but helps give you a set of skills that you can rely on for a lifetime. One of the most important systems that will give you plenty of heartburn is the plumbing. While it runs through the walls, under your feet, and over your head, it is easy to forget about it until something springs a leak or overflows. With so many plumbers in Baltimore arriving on the scene of some pretty nasty floods and serious water damage to homes, we here at Roto-Rooter have decided to shed some light on some of the most common plumbing problems and how to deal with them.
- Clogged Toilets. We all deal with them, and often. While a toilet plunger can do the job for basic clogs, serious backups need the professional help of plumbers in Baltimore. For example, toilets are designed to take in human waste and a bit of toilet paper. Toilet paper can, if used in excess per flush, clog up. These clogs are not serious and are easily dealt with. However, if solids like plastic, garbage, stones, and food products are flushed, they will in no time have a toilet seriously backed up. In these cases, a professional will have to use tools like a snake to push through the backup and pull out the junk.
- Frozen Pipes. Every winter, calls flood our offices about serious water flooding due to freezing pipes. What happens is an exposed pipe get so cold that the water inside them starts to freeze. It isn't the ice, though, that causes the problems. It's actually the air pockets that are trapped that make all the problems. As the water expands and turns to ice, the trapped air under pressure forces its way out any way possible. Eventually, the air will burst through the pipe wall either cracking or shattering the pip altogether. To avoid frozen pipes this winter, just makes sure to use insulation. In your walls where pipes are set against the outer part of the wall are at risk. Add some insulation between the pipe and the wall as a buffer and you will be in business. For pipes outdoors, just wrap them well in special pip-insulation to do the job.
For more information about plumbing issues in your home, call Roto-Rooter today.