Most people don't think much about their plumbing systems, but when an emergency occurs, prompt action is required. A plumbing emergency includes a burst pipe, broken water line, overflowing toilet, clogged main drain or a fixture that won't turn off. Fortunately, there are several effective ways you can avoid emergency plumbing repairs in your Springfield, Missouri, home.

Watch What You Flush

Clogged toilets and drains are often a result of flushing something that shouldn't be flushed. Some common items that should never go down the toilet or sink include diapers, wipes, paper towels, menstrual care products, grease, coffee grounds and starchy foods. Put a trash can in the bathroom, and inform guests of what not to flush. Keep a plunger handy and know how to use it. This will unclog most toilets and drains. For a persistent clog, emergency plumbers have specialty tools to remove the obstruction.

Maintain Consistent Indoor Temperatures

According to the Red Cross, burst pipes are a common problem during the winter months of the year. If your home has uninsulated or poorly insulated walls, add insulation around your plumbing. Consider a blanket for your water heater. Insulating the pipes and water heater can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Open the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink so that warm air can circulate in the pipes. Set your thermostat no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the wintertime.

Stagger Water Usage

Overflowing drains and sewer backups can often be avoided by staggering when you use water. Avoid running multiple loads of laundry followed by a cycle of the dishwasher. Wait at least 30 minutes between loads so the wastewater can drain. Encourage members of your household to space out their showers. One or two people could shower in the morning, and one or two could shower in the evening.For more information about how to avoid emergency plumbing repairs in your home, call Lorenz Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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