Tackling Your Home’s Plumbing Emergencies

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The occasional plumbing malfunction is just part of life. Learn how to keep your cool and take control until your plumber arrives with these helpful tips.

Get to know your shut-off valve. One of the best ways to hit the breaks on a plumbing disaster is by cutting the water supply at the source.  Locate your shut-off valve and make sure that it can be easily and safely accessed in a pinch.  Shut-off valves are usually located near your home’s water meter. Check this area periodically to ensure easy access and make sure there is nothing in the way that would make reaching the valve difficult when you’re in a hurry.

Go straight to the source.  If your shower’s hot water knob is stuck on, toilet is running or kitchen sink is spraying; it’s fastest to go straight to the source.  Freestanding fixtures usually have valves located towards their base that are quick and easy to locate.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with all the other cut-off valves located throughout your home.  In the instance that a shut-off valve is buried within your home’s walls, you’ll need to use the main shut-off valve.  Once you have located all the extra valves, make sure they are loose enough to open by hand.  Since these valves aren’t used often, you may need to loosen the valve with a wrench. Apply a spray lubricant on sticking or hard-to-open valves to ensure that they can be closed with ease in an emergency situation.

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Don’t let your bowl runneth over.  Clogged toilets are a common occurrence that sends water rising to your toilet bowl’s rim.  Hold the panic and act quickly to stop rising water and prevent a messy overflow situation.  Following previous instructions, you will have already located and made accessible both your toilet’s shut-off valve as well as the main water line valve.  You’ll need to think fast and attempt to shut off the toilet’s valve immediately.  If the toilet’s cut-off valve is inaccessible or you are unable to close it, open the tank and lift the float ball.  This should cut the water flow to the bowl.  Send someone to cut your main shut-off valve, stopping water flow to the bowl. Once the water is off, you can check the toilet tank to ensure the rubber flapper is not propped open. If it is, return it to the closed position.

Call Legacy Plumbing.  Once your plumbing emergency is under control, call the plumbing professionals at Legacy Plumbing –  (972) 801-9798.  Their specialists can provide you a free price quote and guarantee quality service the first time, every time.

As a family owned and operated business, Legacy Plumbing, Inc., brings over 20 years of experience to its customers in the North Texas community. Winning the Angie’s List Super Service award for three consecutive years, 2011 Frisco Small Business of the Year and 2011 Collin County’s Emerging Company, it is evident that Legacy Plumbing delivers outstanding services to meet all residential and commercial plumbing needs. Superior repair and installation services include: water leaks, drains, pipes, sinks, faucets, garbage disposals, showers/bathtubs, toilets, water heaters and sewer services. Learn more about Legacy Plumbing at https://legacyplumbing.net .

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