You cannot always predict when plumbing is going to become a problem or create an emergency situation, and in many cases, people simply don’t think that it will happen to them. Keeping calm during a plumbing emergency is often easier said than done, but if you are prepared and know what steps to take, you will find that you can resolve the issue with confidence. Before you find yourself in the middle of a plumbing emergency, here are a few things that you should know so that you are quick to respond!
Shut the water off
Quickly find the nearest water source and shut it off. If the plumbing emergency is major and you notice flooding, you’ll want to turn off the main water valve. Your next step after you turn off the main water valve will be to check the water heater and shut this off as well.
If the problem is centralized, and you can see it is coming from behind areas like the toilet or under the sink, you can turn off the valve that shuts the water off to these specific areas.
Before a plumbing emergency strikes, make sure you are familiar with how to turn off your water sources, as well as how to turn off your water heater so that you don’t create further damage or an unsafe atmosphere.
Call a plumber
Once the water is off, you can attempt to repair smaller leaks with plumber’s tape and open drains to remove excess water in the pipes. However, the next step should be to speak with a plumber so that they can help guide you through the situation and decrease the amount of damage done. If the plumbing emergency you are describing is dangerous, they will let you know. Plus, they will respond quickly and be able to resolve the situation thoroughly.
Avoid plumbing emergencies
If you want to avoid plumbing emergencies, make sure you get the professionals involved when you have necessary repairs and to diagnose your system. Knowing that your pipes, water heater, toilets, and everything in between has been inspected, repaired, and installed by a plumber will help you prevent a majority of these disasters from occurring in the first place.
In the case of a plumbing emergency, be sure you keep our phone number handy. You can reach us at (703) 783-9302, and our team of expert plumbers will respond with a sense of urgency 24/7 and get your emergency resolved quickly and thoroughly. We will also be more than happy to give your plumbing a complete inspection to ensure it is flowing in prime condition.