Experiencing any type of plumbing emergency can be overwhelming as well as potentially expensive. The following are tips for dealing with plumbing emergencies and how to choose the right emergency plumber.
Shut the Main Water Valve Off
Whenever pipes burst or there is any type of flooding in the home, knowing how to turn off the main water valve is crucial. Knowing the location of your home’s main water valve will help prevent extensive damage and property loss while waiting for a professional to arrive.
Open Any Outside Spigots
Once the main source of water has been shut off you’ll want to make sure as much excess water as possible is directed out of the house. In the case of a plumbing emergency turn on the outside spigots to drain as much water as possible.
Turn Off the Water Heater
During serious problems with plumbing it’s also a good idea to turn off the water heater. Once the water has been turned off, hot water and pressure can build up inside the hot water heater. If this happens there is always the chance of damage occurring in the heater. If the water heater is powered by gas it’s important to remember to first turn off the gas to the heater.
Stop as Many Leaks as Possible
While waiting for professional help during a plumbing disaster it is imperative to stop leaks and flowing water as much as possible. Tape around pipes may help. Even towels can help prevent damage to your home.
How to Choose the Right Emergency Plumber
When choosing an emergency plumber there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. Does the plumber offer 24 hour emergency service? Emergencies occur at all hours and having someone who is always available is important. Does the plumber have experience handling a variety of emergencies? Finally, make sure to check the reviews and the background of any plumber who would come into your home.
Following each of these tips can go a long way in preventing extensive damage to your home while you’re waiting for the professional services of a plumber. It’s also important to remain calm during home emergencies. Staying calm will help you to think logically and make sure each of the previous steps have been completed.
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