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How to handle a plumbing emergency


Emergency PlumbingA plumbing emergency can be a very tense, high pressure situation. Usually, there is water going everywhere and no way to seemingly stop it. The tension and nervousness that a water leak or plumbing emergency causes comes from the fact that there a few forces on earth that can be as destructive as water. Water is powerful enough to carve the Grand Canyon out of rocks. Floods can devastate communities. Water is an amazing and elusive element. Plumbers have long tried to do the impossible, contain the uncontainable. Water is difficult to control and contain. It can change shape and squeeze through microscopic openings. Plumbing is the system that has been devised over many, many years to control water and put it to good use everyday for a lot of people. Sometimes this force of nature gets loose and has to be wrangled back in. Here are some Helpful tips on dealing with plumbing emergencies.

1. Know where your shut-off valves are located. Usually, but not always, the shut-off valves are located under a fixture. On a sink, the shut-off valves would be located under the sink attached to the hot and cold water lines. A shut-off valve for the toilet is located either on the wall behind the toilet or coming up from the floor next to and behind the toilet. Washing machines have shut-off valves as well. They are located behind the washer. The most important shut-off vlave to locate is the main water shut-off. It will shut-off water to the entire house. These valves can be in a basement, a utility closet, or in a crawl space under the house. If there is a plumbing emergency with the water supply, the best action to take is to shut off the water either at the fixture where the leak is or shut off the water at the main shut-off. A professional plumber will need to fix the actual problem.

2. When it comes to a clogged drain there aren't a huge number of actions that can be taken. In order to minimize damage, all water usage must be stopped. The more water that runs, the more water will come back up. Call a plumber with drain cleaning equipment.

3. Although some people don't consider gas leaks a plumbing emergency, most plumbing companies repair and install gas lines. This is a very dangerous situation. If the smell of gas is detected, the following steps should be taken:

A. The gas should be shut-off. The gas meter is usually located outside of the house. The meter will have a shut-off on it. Turn the valve to shut-off the gas supply.

B. Notify the gas company. They may have some extra instructions.

C. Call a licensed plumber equipped to work on gas lines.

Plumbing emergencies can be serious business. Always try to stop the supply of water or gas immediately and then call a plumbing company that to fix the plumbing issue.

Call Shamrock Plumbing today at (407) 292-8881 if you're having a plumbing emergency in Orlando. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

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