Emergency Plumbing Services (clogged shower, clogged toilet, clogged sink, blocked drains)
Emergencies and What YOU Can Do About Them
Not all companies offer emergency plumbing services, and sometimes you have to wait a while for repairs to your home to be made. Water Guard Plumbing is available at any time for your emergencies, but in case something happens and you are caught off guard waiting for us or any professional plumber, here is how to deal with your emergencies in the short term.
A Clogged Toilet
Assuming you’ve already gone at the thing with a plunger to no avail, some other options might help you fix that pesky clogged toilet. You can try to break up your clog by pouring some dish soap into the toilet along with a few cups of boiled water. This will help to break up the fat in the clog. Wait a few minutes then try flushing the toilet again. The same thing can also be attempted by pouring 2 or 3 cups of bleach or a cup of powdered soap down the toilet. If none of this works simply turn off the water and call a plumber, as this clog is tougher than home methods.
A Clogged Shower or Sink
You can try to force the clog down the sink using a plunger, but that might also cause the clog to just lodge itself deeper down. If there is standing water in your sink or shower, remove it first, then try pouring a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain. Wait a few minutes then pour hot water inside as well. This method acts as a conventional drain cleaner would, by breaking up fat stuck in the clog, but does so without releasing any toxic chemicals into the water supply. If this method doesn’t work, call a plumber to unclog your clogged sink or shower and avoid using it until they arrive.
A Blocked Drain
The same methods as mentioned above can be used on a clogged drain. However, you should be aware that they will not work on clogs made of non-natural materials. For this reason, it is important that you be aware of what you are putting down your drains in the first place. All cooking fat, coffee grounds and non-natural items should not be flushed or put down drains, as this can lead to serious clogs and many problems with your drainage later on. If none of the above methods work on your drain, it’s definitely time to call a professional.
A Leaking Pipe
Leaking pipe repairs are usually best left to a professional. However, it’s imperative that you take the right course of action to prevent any water damage from occurring. First, turn off your water. If the leak is small and on a joint, try tightening it yourself to see if that will fix the problem. If the leak has happened as a result of corrosion and faulty pipes, it’s probably best to replace the area entirely as a pipe-patch kit is only a temporary solution. Give us a call to appraise the damage and see what kind of repairs need to be made.
As always, feel free to call us at any point about our emergency plumbing services. You can call even when you have no emergency, but think it would be best to have the advice of a professional plumber in Hamilton. We’re happy to help!