Are you prepared for a plumbing emergency?
Homeowners who experience a water emergency due to a plumbing emergency in their home need to follow a set of steps to minimize any further damage. The first and most important thing to do is shut off water flow at the affected area. This is done by closing the shut-off valve that is under the fixture. This can be a sink or a toilet.
Another option is to close the main shut-off valve for the home. If this is necessary, then the power may need to be shut off to the sump pump when a home is not located in the city. The next thing that will be needed is to shut off the electricity or gas supply to the water heater. This is necessary as they will have not water available.
Appliances that are leaking, such as a refrigerator, may have a filter that is clogged. If the filter appears clean on the appliance, then a professional plumber is needed. Many times a fitting on the back of the device may be leaking or a water pipe is leaking. If an old part is to blame, then it will be replaced.
Leaking pipes can be a health hazard when water seeps into a hidden area and develops into mold. The best way to address a leaking pipe is to use a bucket or some other container to catch dripping water. A homeowner will prevent damage to the flooring and prevent mold or any other potential problem.
Overflowing toilets and clogged drains are another type of plumbing emergency in a home. One option to clear a clog is to use a plunger. If a plunger does not work, then calling a plumber is necessary to fix the problem. We do not recommend using a drain snake as they can damage pipes that will be costly to repair
Homeowners should also not pour drain cleaner in a clogged drain. The cleaner will mix with the water and create a corrosive solution that will damage the pipes. Quick action by a homeowner is necessary to limit damage that can be caused when water emergencies occur.
Contact us for more information about plumbing emergencies in a home at 407-292-8881.