Plumbing emergencies are all too common especially in places like Edmonton and Calgary where we have rapidly changing and extreme weather.

To avoid these often messy and expensive problems we've created a helpful guide explaining how to avoid typical plumbing emergencies and the associated headaches.

Frozen pipes

Risk factors: any drainage channels that are exposed to the elements can cause serious problems if frozen. The most common problem areas are garden hoses, uninsulated exterior walls, crawl spaces

Prevention: re-route drains and downspouts, cap and shut off outdoor garden hose drains, use heat tape, insulate exterior walls.

Detection: is your water running slowly or failing to drain? This could be a sign that your pipes could be freezing.

When a problem occurs: take immediate action to stop bursting or cracking. If bursting or cracking occurs you will have a much more expensive issue to deal with. Do not attempt to heat the pipe using an open flame device such as a blow torch.

For more on fixing frozen pipes check out this helpful blog post.

Burst pipes

Risk factors: exposed sewage, water and flooding. Enough said.

Prevention: frozen or extremely clogged pipes can eventually burst in the worst locations. It's best to take measures mentioned above to avoid freezing and adequately clear drains before the problem worsens.

Detection: you'll know it when you see it!

When a problem occurs: if you can't stop the flow of water, the first objective of your plumber is to stop it. Find your main water shutoff and close it.

Leaking plumbing fixtures

Risk factors: more than meets the eye. Prolonged exposure to water damaged can impact the structural integrity of important parts of your home such as flooring, drywall, cabinets and more. Not to mention can create a terrible smell. Who would have guessed that pesky leak could cause serious damage?

Prevention: keep an eye on your fixtures, faucets and under sink storage spaces. The best way to prevent damage is to find leaks early.

Detection: still water, staining, mold, rust, musty smells

When a problem occurs: for minor leaks use epoxy, clamps or tighten fixtures. If you find damage to be extensive or the leak becomes more severe contact a plumber immediately.

Clogged drains and toilets

Risk factors: besides being unsanitary, prolonged clogs in drains and toilets can cause expensive problems revolving around broken pipes, flooding and more.

Prevention: one of the best ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair, and soap scum are four of a worst materials.

Detection: can be detected visually. If your drains are backing up or very slow to drain you likely have a clog.

When a problem occurs: if typical store bought drain clearing liquids or plungers don't work it likely time to call a professional.

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