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How to Manage Water Leaks and Broken Pipes It is such an emergency situation when we face an overflowing toilet or a leaky pipe especially when we do not have the basic knowhow on solving the situation while waiting for the plumber to arrive. Nowadays, we are becoming more and more aware about water conservation and thus we are open to learning the proper knowledge on how to be a handy person with regards to fixing water wastages. It is therefore advisable to follow some do’s and don’ts of emergency plumbing so you can save money on water. The first thing to do when there are leaky fixtures and bursting pipes is to close off the water shut off valve. By doing this action, faulty fixtures are terminated with its water supply and thus stop the water wastage. Insulating the pipes is your another action and this will keep the pipes from freezing and splitting up during extreme low temperatures.
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Another tip to take care of your freezing pipes is to gently thaw them with the use of a blow dryer. Just a word of caution though is to never use an open flame so that there will be no thermal expansion of water that can only split open the pipes.
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Another tip that you can do to detect leaks of your fixtures is to examine your high water bill, because more than often this is a showing of toilet leaks, and thus it is recommended that you do periodic check up of your toilets. To detect if your toilet is leaking, try putting several drops of food dye in the water tank and let it sit for an hour. After an hour, check the bowl for color present, and if there is, then it means your toilet is leaking. In order to prevent clogs that restrict hot water supply to your pipes or fixtures, try to clean out the sediment that have accumulated in the water heater on a regular basis. It is very important that you do not pour boiling water down the toilet because your bowl might crack open. It is never advisable to throw big objects such as diapers, sanitary towels, toys and so one down the toilet. Be aware that plumbing emergencies, from overflowing toilets to sewer backups, will happen if you put other things than a tissue paper into the toilet bowl. Other don’ts that would affect your pipe fixtures are planting any shrubs and trees over sewer lines, throwing fibrous materials down the garbage disposer, pouring of cooking oils, and ignoring a leaky plumbing fixture. It is thus important to know and learn the basics about your plumbing system to know what to do during emergency situations.