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Beware These Plumbing Emergencies

man-catching-water-from-ceiling-in-bucketWe don’t exactly “look forward” to you having a plumbing emergency, but we certainly look forward to being able to help when one happens! That is quite literally what we are here for—taking care of plumbing mishaps is our specialty, no matter what it is and no matter when it is.

Of course, we understand that you would rather never have an emergency. The best way to avoid a plumbing emergency is with routine maintenance including video pipe inspection and drain cleaning. Still though, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the most common plumbing emergencies to underscore the importance of maintenance. Read on as we uncover these emergencies.

An Overflowing Toilet

This is a pretty panic-inducing problem for any homeowner to have, understandably. Not only is the toilet out of use, but you’ll suffer water damage if you can’t get the overflow under control. First, we have some good news! Behind your toilet there is a valve on the feedline. Turn that valve and that will stop the water flow.

When our team comes to resolve the problem, we’ll be able to tell you what caused it and if we would recommend any particular repairs or perhaps even a replacement so you can avoid this problem in the future.

A Clogged Sink

Minor sink clogs are something that can typically be cleared out with a plunger or even a hand-cranked drain snake if you have one of those on hand. You should still be careful with the drain snake as it’s possible to scratch up the ceramic lining of your sink.

But whatever you do, do not use chemical drain cleaners! Sure, they seem like they work, and they probably do cut through your clog initially. But the problem is the chemicals that are used to cut through that clog. They keep working, to cut through the lining of the pipes. This will lead to corrosion and leaks.

No Hot Water

Our plumbers work on water heaters in addition to all the other components of your plumbing. And we know that a loss of hot water can wreck your day! The problem may be that you don’t have a big enough water heater for your household. Though if this is a new problem, it could be something more ominous. The only way to know for sure, is to give us a call.

Blocked Sewer Line

A blocked sewer line can definitely create a lot of problems. First off, it will make the use of the drains in your home impossible. Secondly, it will cause backups. Not only will you be dealing with standing water in your drains, but the smell isn’t going to be pleasant either.

This blockage can occur for a few reasons, and one of the surprisingly common reasons is tree root infiltration. What happens is that a sewer line may have a small leak, and the waste going through it combined with water attracts your landscaping to it.

Fortunately, we have the technology and the know-how to unobtrusively solve this problem for you.

To get in touch with a qualified emergency plumber in Skokie, IL, contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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