Don’t Panic: What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency
Plumbing emergencies can pop up out of nowhere, instantly disrupting your entire life. In fact, according to Kitchen Infinity, one in 10 American adults have needed a plumber in the past twelve months, so you’re not alone! Most people will panic, but remaining calm is essential to minimize damage and control things. Follow these steps anytime you’re facing a plumbing emergency.
Turn Off the Water
Different plumbing emergencies call for other versions of this. If there is a burst pipe, shut off the main water supply to prevent further damage. Homeowners with a leaking pipe or clogged sink should not use the water associated with that pipe. If you don’t know where the leak is coming from, shut off the main water supply to the house. This step is crucial to minimize damage, so it is vital that homeowners know where their shut-off valve is.
Contain the Leak
There may still be water in your pipes or leaking from under your sink. It’s essential to contain the water to minimize damage. For example, put a bucket or large bowl under the pipe to catch the water leaking from the sink. Water can cause mold, mildew, and damage to the wood of your cabinets or your flooring if you let it continue to leak. This is why it’s essential to contain the leak as best you can and clean up any standing water.
Usually, you can take steps to prevent plumbing emergencies. Plumbing companies will usually tell you how to avoid the situation in the future. For example, cleaning your pipes regularly can prevent clogs and help prevent leaks. A filter for your bathtub can prevent clogs from hair going down the drain.
The most important thing to do before all else in a plumbing emergency is to turn off the water with your shut-off valve. For many homeowners, the shut-off valve may not be easily accessible. If this is the case for your home, our team at Professional Plumbing Solutions can move it to a more accessible location. Give us a call today if you’re in need of plumbing services or if you would like your shut-off valve moved! We’ll be happy to provide you with the high-quality service you deserve.