By Bulldog Rooter 11 Jan, 2018

Plumbing problems may arise all of the sudden, but they’re often the result of long-term issues or improper homemade repairs. How do you handle a plumbing emergency?

 1. Know your systems!

  • How many sinks, tubs, shower heads, and toilets do you have? Where’s your fridge? Washer? Dishwasher?
  • Keep an eye on the ceiling below and floor around any plumbing connections. You’ll spot discolorations or puddles quickly if you know your systems.

2.      Know where the main water shut-off valve is located!

  • The shut-off valve is generally somewhere in your utility closet.
  • Mark the shut-off valve with a ribbon or permanent marker so it is easy to locate in an emergency.

3.      Know how to turn off the hot water!

  • If you have a gas water heater, turn the switch to “pilot” position.
  • If you have an electric water heater, turn the circuit breaker to “off” position.

4.      Keep duct tape or pipe sealing tape in your all-purpose drawer!

  • It’s best to stop the flow of water as soon as possible. A little duct tape will go a long way in small emergencies.
  • Duct tape and pipe sealing tape are only  temporary fixes .

 Once you have the water down to a slow leak or small drip, you will likely need an expert like us to fix the problem sooner rather than later.

5.      Own a plunger … or two!

  • Different plungers are best for different clogs.
  • We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want to plunge our kitchen sinks with the same plunger we use on the toilet.

6.      Own a set of wrenches!      

  • A pair of medium sized slip joint pliers and adjustable wrenches will do for any basic fix.
  • Owning the right tool is one thing … getting to the issue culprit can be another story. Plumbing often involves a lot of know-how and a   comfort level with working in small spaces.

7.      Be leery of over-the-counter chemicals!

  • Chemicals designed for clogs are often designed for specific pipes and may not always work.
  • Some chemicals can even damage your plumbing or be the cause of an even larger clog.

8.      Do or do not, there is no try!

  • Go ahead and tackle that sink leak or toilet clog but know that complex problems can be made much worse if you try to repair them yourself.
  • When you’re in doubt and unsure of where to start or what to do, it’s wiser to ask an expert to step in.

Plumbers like us know what to do in a plumbing emergency. There are many things you can do to protect your home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be emergency free. Know your systems, stay vigilant, and keep your trusted plumber on speed dial in case of a plumbing emergency.

Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Our plumbing contractors can fix all of your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. Got a clog?

Call the dog !

By Bulldog Rooter 12 Dec, 2017

Most plumbing jobs require a professional due to the intricacies of the plumbing system. There are a few tasks that you might be able to take on yourself, provided you have the right tools and a basic understanding of the main plumbing parts and how they work. If you know nothing of plumbing, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following parts of your plumbing system before attempting any DIY work:

  1. Main Water Valve – The main water valve controls the flow of water into your home, and is the first thing you should shut off in case of an emergency. This is also the first indicator of leak or burst in your pipes.
  2. Shut-Off Valve – Before you start any of your own plumbing repairs, always turn off the water supply to the fixture or the main shutoff. A shut-off valve allows you to cut off the flow of water to certain plumbing fixtures while still supplying water to your other fixtures that need it (toilets, sinks, etc.). Shutting off the water is often the first step of many plumbing projects. Locating and turning off the appropriate water shut off valve is therefore, very important.
  3. Traps – The curved or S-shape section of pipe under a drain, traps are vital components of the drainage system. Water flows from the basin with enough force to go through the trap and out through the drainpipe, but enough water stays in the trap afterward to form a seal that prevents sewer gas from backing up into your home.
  4. Water Meter – A water meter is a device that allows you to see the overall health of your system. The primary purpose of a water meter is to measure the flow of water flowing into the home. If there is low pressure, a leak or defects in your plumbing system, this can all be identified through your water meter.
  5. Pressure Regulators – A water pressure regulator is an indicator of how much pressure there is in your water flow. This can be useful when there is too much pressure in your pipes which could cause damages to your pipes and to the home owners.

If DIY plumbing is not something you’re up for trying, don’t sweat it!

Bulldog Rooter  is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all of your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. Got a clog?  Call the dog !

By Bulldog Rooter 07 Nov, 2017

Since pipes are often located underground and in between walls, problems may linger without you even having any idea. This can be costly if you have any pipe leaks, which can result in several gallons of water lost. It can also take away from the performance of your home’s most essential plumbing fixtures, including showers and toilets.

Here are some of pipe repair warning signs:

  • Multiple Leaks: One leak may be easily repairable, but you should definitely call a plumbing service when you notice leaks coming from all angles of the system.  This may be indicative of something seriously wrong with your system.

  • Unexplained Cracks and Holes: Through the outdoor or basement pipes, you should be able to notice any damage like cracks or holes. Damage like this is much more common in older pipes.  Consider repiping services so you can save money on repair cost and future bigger costs.  

  • Corroded Pipes: You can often see from the outdoor and basement piping if there is any corrosion.  Corrosion is piping that appears rusty, looking like a plumbing probp to the point where it looks like a plumbing problem lem may be may break out at any moment.    

  • Low Water Pressure:  Times you may notice water pressure is when taking a shower or washing the dishes.  This could be a sign of pipe failure and that you should call for service as soon as possible.

  • Unexplained Dampness: Are you noticing your walls and floors becoming inexplicably damp? Usually a sign of a pipe problem, it should be fixed immediately.  If not fixed immediately, you risk facing high costs on water damage restoration services.

  • Contaminated Waters:  If you are noticing murkiness on a much more consistent basis, your water may be contaminated. Damaged, leaking pipes may allow contaminants to enter your water supply, putting the health of your entire family at risk.  It’s a sign that there might be a serious problem with your piping.

  • Outdated Pipes: If you have older pipes made from outdated materials, you may just be better off seeking a full-scale pipe replacement service. Any piping made of polybutylene, clay, or cast-iron will be much more likely to break apart and leave you with costly problems.

Bulldog Rooter  is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. Call us at (503) 535-3447.  


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