Plumbing Tips

Overflowing toilet

toilet overflowingWhen pointing out the bad news of a plumbing problem, the daddy of them all is the overflowing toilet. There is nothing charming about it. To temporarily resolve a flooding toilet, the first thing to do is to slowly turn off your shut off valve to the toilet.

The shut off valve is usually located by the wall under the toilet tank. Call us to get your toilet back to working order. If your toilet is clogged you can try to use a plunger to temporarily unclog it before calling CMA Plumbing.


Broken pipes

broken pipeBurst pipes are a regular thing in old houses. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix, but you can prevent the water from pouring into your house anymore than it already has.

Essentially, all you have to do is turn off the main water shut-off valve to your home. At the closest conceivable opportunity call CMA Plumbing to replace the broken pipe.


Leaky faucet

leaky faucetThe best route to tackle this situation is to get to under the sink and turn off the water shut-off valve. This may be behind the cabinets where the sinks plumbing runs.

Admittedly, this doesn’t take care of the prevailing situation, but it permits you to have chance to call a plumber if need be.

Take a picture before closing up walls

take a picture wallsYour walls may not have much inner beauty, but it’s a good idea to take pictures of what’s inside during remodeling. The same goes for floors and ceilings. When your next remodeling or repair project rolls around, you’ll know where the framing and the electrical and plumbing lines are.


Water conservation

Conserve WaterLeaky toilets consume more than 40% of your total water usage. Installation of a new toilet flapper and fill valve will keep your toilet running efficiently.

Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120°F or medium setting on older models.

Replacing an old shower head can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full spray action at low or high water pressures.

A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste more than 8 gallons a day. That’s 3,000 gallons per year!


Prevent frozen pipes before they start

frozen pipeBest defense: insulation. Insulate exposed pipes in a crawl space or in the garage with easy-to-install plastic insulation. It’s a peel-and-stick solution. Before winter comes, remove exterior hoses, and apply insulating caps to outdoor fixtures, as a frozen exterior spigot can damage interior pipes. Households with automatic sprinkler systems can clear standing water with compressed air.