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Coping With a Plumbing Emergency

Typical Plumbing Emergencies and How to Deal With Them

“Fortune favors the prepared mind,” or so the old saying goes. However, when dealing with an emergency with the plumbing, your preparedness my not only help your plumbing but it could save your property.

The plumbing is not the only thing at steak; your sanity can also be tested during an emergency situation. The most common plumbing mishaps are an overflowing toilet, a broken or leaking pipe and water that is scalding hot. Here are some ways you can prevent disaster.

Overflowing Toilet

“Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall.” That’s all fine and good until its water from the toilet! People freak out more about the commode than they do most plumbing issues. Visions of human waste flood their mind and send chills up their spin. Thankfully, most of the time the water stops just before it spills over. But then again there are those few times when it does come flooding out.

You need to shut off the water. This can be done at the base of the toilet or at the main location. You can also reach into the back of the toilet and life the ball to allow it to stop filling up. Using a plunger usually does the trick, but if not, you may need the help from emergency plumbing services to get your drains running clear.

Broken Pipes

These are common in the wintertime, but can happen anytime. Next to your water meter is a shut off valve. Turn off the water so that the pipe can be repaired.

Most of the time a pipe breaking will need to be handled by a professional. The pipes need to be torn out and replaced. Unless you have experience in plumbing, its best

left to the professionals.

Water is Scalding Hot

Scalding hot water is an emergency for many reasons. First, if there are children in the home, you need to take special precautions. This probably means that something has gone array with the water tank.


First, go to the breaker box and shut down the tank. You can also just let the hot water run until the tank drains and the water runs cold. If the hot water tank is old, it may be worth replacing it. It’s probably an element or a thermostat problem. Since a water tank is electricity and water together, it’s best to call for help!

It’s always best to try to resolve your plumbing issues. However, when you’re in over your head, call for emergency plumbing services. Available 24/7, they can help you out when you need it most.

Looking for an emergency plumber in Berkeley? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing at (510) 876-9725 for quality service you can trust!

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