Your water bills are high, water continues to leak; your kitchen sink or toilet is clogged. These are just some common house problems that require the service of the plumber. While you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive, what can you do to temporarily solve the problem before it gets worse or your water bill skyrockets – especially with the recent news that California only has one year left of water.
Here are some tips that you can use before you get inundated with dirty, leaking water:
Call a Plumber
The first thing to do is to call plumbers in San Diego. To make sure you get a good plumber, it would be best to do your research before you encounter plumbing problems. It’s better that you already know whom to call than search through the directory.
And since plumbing needs immediate attention, choose a plumbing company than an individual. Otherwise, individual plumbers can always come up with an excuse. Plumbers who work for companies on the other hand are expected to report for work on schedule.
Find the Leak Source
Secondly, you need to know where the main switch to your water system is, including the hot water system and gas meter. When something goes wrong with the plumbing, you need to turn off the respective system to address the problem. Here are other things you can do while waiting for the plumber:
• When hot water is leaking, you should shut down the system and isolate it so you can continue to use cold water throughout the house. Usually, a separate isolation valve controls this.
• If there is any residual water leaking from taps or pipe connectors, you can try using duct tape to hold it off temporarily. Containers with towels placed underneath the pipes that leak can prevent water from spreading all over.
• For minor clogs on sinks and toilets, you can minimize blockage by using a cup plunger. Often, the drainage system will block over time and you can respond to it immediately if you hear a gurgling sound during the draining process.
It’s pretty hard to fix plumbing issues on your own, so if you want the job done quickly and more efficiently, hire a plumber instead.