Don't Get Caught up in a Scary Plumbing Emergency

How Not To Be Haunted by a Plumbing Emergency

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing emergency, scary or not. Every homeowner would say that they would rather avoid them at any cost. The good news is that, with a few helpful pointers, it is possible to head off many potential emergencies without having to do much! Awareness of common plumbing emergencies and how they begin is essential for all homeowners. Here are a few tips from the professionals.

Keep Gutters Debris-Free

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Keeping the gutters clear of build-up is one of the best ways to avoid a plumbing emergency. While, at first, the gutters don’t seem like they would be an important component of the home’s plumbing system, clogged gutters can actually lead to a whole host of issues for the home.

For example, when there is a heavy rain event, the gutter’s role is to route the water off of the roof and away from the home. When water is allowed to collect in the gutters, it will also begin to pool on the roof. Standing water not only attracts mosquitoes, but it also can rot through the wood in the roof and corrode metal components. It can turn into a real disaster.

Clogged gutters can also end up draining directly into the basement. If the home’s basement is prone to flooding, this only complicates the issue. Anyone who has dealt with a flooded basement knows just how scary that plumbing emergency can be.

Wrapping or Insulating Pipes

Even though it doesn’t get too cold in California, wrapping or insulting the pipes can still help prevent emergency plumbing situations. While many areas of the country wrap or insulate their pipes to prevent them from breaking after the weather drops below freezing, California plumbers will do it for different reasons.

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Wrapping the pipes is an excellent way for homeowners to help prevent corrosion. It helps reduce the amount of condensation that happens on the pipes, which is what ultimately leads to corrosion and potential leaks and ruptures. It also can help increase energy efficiency by cutting down on the amount of heating and cooling loss, which will save homeowners money. 

Choosing the right insulation or wrap is essential, as there are several types to choose from. Ask a plumber for recommendations.

Getting the Drains Cleaned Regularly

A final tip for homeowners to avoid getting caught up in a scary plumbing emergency, not just around Halloween but all year round, is to make sure to have the drains cleaned regularly by a trained plumber. Routine maintenance will likely include this service and other services that can keep pipes clean and clear and make sure that the plumbing system continues running smoothly.

Many plumbers will use a camera to help view the pipes’ insides while performing routine drain cleaning. This can help spot smaller, potential blockages before they become bigger problems and identify weak spots and older pipes. Routine maintenance like that can also identify when the home would benefit from replacing the pipes instead of repairing them when emergencies happen.


Although RESOLVED HOME SERVICES just opened in 2017, owner and master plumber Travis Ashley has more than two decades of experience in the Huntington Beach plumbing industry. Their team focuses on communication with their residential clients, always on-time visits, and friendly attitudes. RESOLVED HOME SERVICES offers both routine and 24-hour emergency services.