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Steps to Take Before Calling for Emergency Plumbing

Monday, June 6th, 2016

It can be difficult to think straight during a plumbing emergency, especially if water is pouring out of the wall or some other incredibly inconvenient place in your home. If you know what to do, though, you can limit the damage as much as possible before calling for repairs. Let’s take a look at what you should do to prepare your home for emergency plumbing services. (more…)

What You Should Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

One of the main qualities of emergencies, aside from needing immediate attention, is that they tend to happen at the worst possible times. That is just as true with plumbing emergencies as with any other type. Plumbing emergencies often don’t happen during business hours as much as they happen at 3 a.m. on a Sunday. If you have a plumbing emergency happen to you, you can’t afford to wait for a pre-scheduled appointment to get it fixed. Read on to find out exactly what you should do during a plumbing emergency. (more…)

What to Do When a Toilet Overflows

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Of all the nightmare scenarios that can happen in your bathroom, an overflowing toilet is probably the most likely. With the relatively recent advent of “low flow” toilets, clogs have become much more common. This disgusting occurrence is never pleasant, but don’t panic! There are a few things you can do before calling a plumber.

Shut Off the Water

No, we’re not talking about the water for the entire house. Almost every toilet has a water shutoff valve near its base that is there for just this sort of emergency. Locate the valve and turn it to the right until water stops flowing into the toilet.

If you can’t find the valve for whatever reason, lift the lid off of the toilet. Inside you should see a float. This float is the mechanism that determines when to fill the toilet tank with water. When the water level drops, the float sinks until it opens a valve to let more water into the tank. If you lift the float, it won’t trigger the valve and the flow into the tank should stop. Find some way to secure the float so it won’t sink back down when you let go of it. Now that you’ve stopped the water flow, it’s a good time to clean up the mess made by the overflow.

Plunge It

If the water level in the toilet bowl is close to the rim, you’re going to want to skim some of it off with a bucket or something so you can have enough room for a plunger. Otherwise, you’re just going to get water all over the floor again. Now, grab a toilet plunger and try to plunge the clog out yourself. If the water level drops after you’re done, congratulations. The problem should be fixed at this point. If the water level stays high, even after multiple plunging attempts, then you have a more serious problem. Call a plumber to have a look at it for you.

If you have a clog in your toilet that you can’t seem to get rid of, call Service King. We provide 24-hour emergency plumbing services throughout Algonquin.

What Are Some Major Plumbing Emergencies?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Nobody wants to have a plumbing emergency in their house. But sometimes they are unavoidable, no matter how well you care for your pipes and appliances. When a plumbing emergency strikes, you shouldn’t attempt to make any major repairs on your own: these types of situations are why professional plumbers with 24-hour service exist. Call up a professional plumbing service to respond to the emergency as soon as you can.

When you need emergency plumbing in Schaumburg, IL or the other surrounding Chicagoland suburbs, make the call to your friendly neighborhood serviceman, Service King, any time of the day of night. Below are a few of the more common plumbing emergencies we see, along with advice for what you can do until the professionals arrive.

  • Overflowing toilet: Few emergencies make people more worried than a toilet that starts to overflow. If this happens to you, you should immediately turn off the water valve that leads from the wall to prevent any further overflow. Older toilets may not have this, so lift off the lid of the tank and fix up the float from allowing more water into the tank. Call for a professional plumber, and while waiting mop up the excess water on the floor.
  • Clogged sink drain: One of the unfortunate aspects of this common plumbing emergency is that many people will immediately reach for a bottle of chemical “drain cleaner” to get rid of the clog. This is a bad idea, and no plumber recommends it: the acidic action of these chemicals can harm your drainpipe and the fumes are toxic. Use a sink plunger if you have one, and if that doesn’t work, call for emergency plumbing work.
  • Complete loss of running water: You turn on the sink, and no water comes out. You try other sinks, as well as the shower, and nothing happens. Before you do anything else, check with the neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same problems. If they are, then it means the issue is likely a municipal one and you should call the water department. Otherwise, you may have a problem with a broken or blocked water line. This is a serious problem and needs expert plumbers to investigate it right away.
  • Sewage smells from drains: If multiple drains begin to emit foul sewer odors, you may have a broken, damaged, or clogged sewer line. Similar to problems with the water line, this is a major issue and needs immediate assistance from professional plumbers.

No matter the size of the emergency, you can trust Service King to handle the matter fast and accurately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whatever your needs for emergency plumbing in Schaumburg, IL, make our team your first call.