The worst part about a plumbing emergency is that you’ll never know when it’s going to happen. Sometimes the warning signs are a lot more subtle than you’d expect, and before you know it, you’re standing in a foot of water not knowing what to do. Here are some tips for when you do experience a plumbing emergency.
- Run over to the water shut-off valve and close it. This will stop the flow of water headed to your home, preventing further water damage from occurring.
- Head into your home and turn on all of the faucets to drain any water remaining within the plumbing pipes. This will help divert any excess water in the pipes away from where a possible plumbing leak could be.
- Plumbing emergencies usually leave a hefty amount of water in places they shouldn’t be. To minimize any water damage and mold growth, grab a mop and some towels and begin cleaning up the mess while you wait for us to show up.
Some Common Plumbing Emergencies
- Overflowing Toilet : The first step should be to turn off the water valve connected to the toilet, instead of running outside to the main shut-off valve. This is located behind the toilet, against the wall.
- Clogged Drain : Shower drains, sink drains, and toilets can each become clogged in an instant. Keep a drain plunger and toilet plunger handy so you can break up loose blockages.
- Water Heater Problems: Whether your water heater is leaking, making noises, or refusing to work, manually shut it off. This plumbing fixture should only be touched by the hands of a professional plumber.
Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time and in an instant. It is important to be prepared and know where shut off valves and supplies are.