Tips for Orlando Homeowners Experiencing a Plumbing Emergency
1. Take a step back and breathe. Homeowners tend to get frazzled very quickly in terms of an emergency. You will need to be clear and level headed to deal with a plumbing emergency, as it often requires explaining to a plumber exactly what is going on.
2. Turn your water off at the main shutoff valve. The most common plumbing emergencies are leaking or busted pipes, which causes severe flooding in the home. If you are experiencing a plumbing issue of this nature turn off your water at the main shutoff valve. Usually, the valve is located on the outside of your home close to the water meter; for those that have well water you will need to turn the water off at the pump.
3. Turn off your water heater as well as the electricity to the well. Many times homeowners make the mistake of leaving electricity flowing to a water heater or well after the water is shut off. Leaving a water heater on allows coils within the heater to overheat leading to a burnt out water heater and severe injury to any person who tries to the water heater. The same holds true for those who are on well water. After turning off the well, you will need to turn off the electricity to the pump.
4. Call a certified plumber that offers emergency services. It is important that you call a licensed plumber immediately in the case of an emergency. Attempting to fix the situation yourself can lead to severe injury and worsen the plumbing emergency itself. Look for a plumber that offers 24/7 emergency services at competitive prices and give them a call.