Precautions to Take with a Sewer & Water Line Emergency
There is nothing worse, for a Spokane homeowner, that to walk into the kitchen and find the floor covered with water or walk into the bathroom and find the floor covered with sewage. This is a sign that there is a block water or sewer line.
Other indications that indicate a water/sewer problem are low water pressure and water quality. Do not panic.
Contacting a plumber with a good record of excellent service and reasonable prices, will result in having an expert on the scene in a matter of minutes. The majority of plumbers offer an ‘on call’ 24⁄7 service.
Water and sewer problems can often be avoided when care is taken regarding what goes into the dishwasher, sink, toilet, or laundry sink drain.
Never put these items in a sink, toilet or any other water drain:
- Chemicals, grease and oils
- Paper towels
- Un-dissolvable items
- School Supplies
- Hair (usually found in shower drains)
Any one of these things can cause a stopped up water or sewer line. This can occur at an inconvenient time, cause an emergency and, often is time consuming.
When this happens in your Spokane home, it is important to contact a plumber who is knowledgeable in all types of water and sewer line problems. This professional will quickly make a thorough examination of your water system, determine and explain the problem and present an estimate of the costs.
Having an emergency plan in place is a good idea. This will allow you to have steps to follow quickly and efficiently when there is a water problem. Following is a suggested plan.
- Identify the problem.
- Overflowing water
- Damp spot on the wall
- Broken pipe
- Sewer overflow
- Sink overflow
- Water under hot water, refrigerator, washer or other areas.
Determine What to Do
Turn off water control valve immediate if there is a heavy overflow. Try using a plunger to dislodge the obstruction if there is no flooding. Have the name and emergency phone number of a reliable plumber posted in a nearby location.
Fortunately, if something is blocking the sewer, modern plumbers are able to provide a trenchless sewer replacement service. This system does not require an open trench, which will disturb lawns, blacktop or other above ground areas.
Briefly, a special sleeve is drawn through the pipe, heated and sealed against the walls. This performs the same duties as a new, and expensive, sewer pipe installation.
For fast and efficient service in your Spokane, WA home, call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. at 509-244-9607.