It's obviously very important to keep your home's plumbing in good repair, but not just so that the toilets and showers work; if your home's plumbing has leaks or other such issues, this can lead to high water bills, mould growth on building materials, and the like. To ensure you're maintaining your home's plumbing properly, note a few questions that many homeowners have about plumbing problems and emergencies, and residential plumbing in general:
Other than leaks in pipes, what is the cause of high water bills?
If your water bills are exceedingly high or seem to suddenly spike, it's good to have the home's plumbing pipes inspected for leaks. However, note that many plumbing leaks are not found in the home's pipes, but in the toilet! If a toilet in your home runs between flushing, or if you hear any type of gurgling or running water sounds from the toilet tank, this often means it has a leak into the bowl, which then raises your water bills. Replace the flush assembly in the tank and note if this fixes the problem.
When trying to clear a bathtub clog, the water backed up into the tub; why?
Not all bathtub clogs are the result of hair and soap scum in the drain; some clogs are caused by problems with pipes outside the home. If these pipes are cracked or damaged, dirt and sediment may be getting into those pipes, which eventually causes clogs.
Trying to clear this type of clog yourself can sometimes pull these materials back toward the home, so that the tub's drain then overflows. If this happens, call an emergency plumber who can use a snake or other such tool properly, clearing the clog and then repairing the damaged pipe.
Why does a frozen pipe warrant a call to an emergency plumber?
If there is a frozen pipe in your home, you don't want to try to thaw it out yourself, as you can easily damage that pipe. The frozen water may also be putting pressure on the pipe, which means it could burst at any time, putting you at risk of injury. This is also why you want to call an emergency plumbing service to fix a frozen pipe in your home, rather than assuming the pipe will simply thaw out in time. Water expands as it freezes, as you may realize, so that pipe could burst and cause damage to your home or flood the surrounding area at any time, so have an emergency plumber address it as quickly as possible.