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Angie’s List: Avoid Plumbing Emergencies

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Experts say that the biggest mistake people make when it comes to plumbing – is ignoring the issues at hand. Plumbers say that during the holiday season, they receive the most emergency calls.

Angie’s List for some simple ways to avoid emergency phone calls:

Clogged Sink:

  • Sink Plunger – It’s smaller and shaped differently than a toilet plunger.
  • Hot Water – Pouring hot water down the drain can break up debris.
  • Drain Cleaning Products – BE CAREFUL. They’re extremely toxic, harmful to human skin, and if overused can damage your drain pipes.

    Clogged Toilet:

  • Plunger Fails – Use a drain auger, a flexible cable that can be pushed down the drain to break up a clog.
  • Overflowing – Locate the shut-off valve. If your toilet doesn’t have one, lift the tank and rig the float to stay in its position and not let any more water fill the tank.

    Plumbers may charge by the hour or by the job. For basic services, expect to pay 70 to 150 dollars an hour. For emergency calls however, it is time and a half.