A leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water in just a few days. And if that leak is hidden, it can result in extensive water damage over the course of a few weeks or months. Besides the obvious signs of a leak (pooling water, mold, etc.), look at your monthly water bills to determine whether or not you have a leak. If your water bills have been unusually high, there may be a leak somewhere in your home that is wasting water. You can also turn off all fixtures, faucets, and appliances for eight hours, and read the water meter to see if the needle has moved.
If you suspect that your home has a leak, contact the emergency plumbing repair specialists at Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical. Our team can help you save water and avoid expensive water damage repair. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services in Seattle, or call us at (206) 452-4363 to schedule a service.
Everyone knows the dreaded feeling of flushing a toilet only to have the water (and the contents inside) rush up and flow over the sides of the bowl. Besides being incredibly embarrassing, an overflowing toilet can also cause extensive water damage and may even pose a serious health risk if raw sewage begins to leak out. To help you avoid this frightening plumbing emergency, here is a look at some of the causes of an overflowing toilet.
Your plumbing system uses gravity to deliver water and take water away. If a pipe is clogged with debris, water will sit in the pipe. Adding more water by flushing the toilet will cause the contents of the bowl to leak out over the sides. A plunger or plumbing snake may be able to remove the blockage; if not, contact your plumber to inspect your pipes.
Toilets are not garbage disposals. One of the easiest ways to cause your toilet to overflow is by flushing items that do not belong in a toilet. Common examples include food, toys, feminine products, and trash. Even too much toilet paper can cause your pipes to become clogged. To prevent an overflow, review the items that should not be flushed with your family.
You might not think that your trees can have an influence over the toilets in your home, but if the pipes leading towards and away from your home are above or below tree roots, they certainly do. Tree roots can cause pipes to bend, which in turn affects the pressure and gravity used to flush the toilet. So if your toilet is overflowing and you just can’t seem to troubleshoot it on your own, have your plumber inspect your pipes outside.
If your toilet is overflowing, Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical can fix the problem. We offer same day, 24-hour emergency plumbing repair in Seattle. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services, or call us at (206) 452-4363 to schedule service for your home.