Plumbing emergencies are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. One minute everything is quiet and the next minute your whole home is turned upside down. Flooding, home damage, and health issues all come with the package of a plumbing emergency. The problem is that they can come from left field. There might not be any warning signs.
During one, there are a few things you should do and few things you shouldn’t do. Here’s how to handle plumbing emergencies:
Turn your water off
You know where the emergency shutoff valve is, right? We sure hope so. This could be a lifesaver in many situations. As soon as you hear the noise or notice the water, shut the water off immediately. You will save yourself a lot of damage if you do. The valve is normally located in the basement, in a crawl space, or some other hidden spot in colder climates, but if you live in a milder area, it could be outside attached to a meter.
We can’t stress this enough. Some people panic to the point where they prevent themselves from doing anything positive in the situation. Remain calm, tell yourself that it isn’t the end of the world, and begin taking the necessary steps to getting things back to normal.
Call the pros
Only certified professional emergency plumbers should be trusted in this situation to get the home back in order. They will get to the route of the problem, fix it, and advise you on how to avoid the next problem. You can’t waste a moment before calling.
Check for leaks
A burst pipe is easy to find, sadly, but that isn’t the only thing that causes a plumbing emergency. Take a look around for leaks and see if you can spot any. Check the faucets, exposed pipes, and anything outdoors. If you can spot the issue it’ll help the pros once they arrive.
Don’t wait to clean up
Exposure to the water that has come out is a sure-fire way to make people sick. Water from pipes is often dirty and nasty. Aside from that, festering water causes mold and other issues. Get to cleaning right away as you wait for professional help.
Plumbing emergencies often come out of nowhere, but when you are prepared you can help keep the damage to a bare minimum. The important things are ensuring no more damage is done, that you get it cleaned up, and you get professional help.