A plumbing emergency can appear at any time, especially when you least expect it. And what’s impressive is it always seem to have impeccable timing, and while you take all necessary precautions and preventative measure to ensure that your plumbing system is in its optimum state, surprise surprise there it is. This is especially true in the winter season when temperatures and weather patterns fluctuate daily. Not only backed up sewers, frozen pipes, and gas leaks occur without warning, but not taking immediate action can worsen the damage it can cause.
In the event of a plumbing emergency, it is essential to know what to do and to have a plan to minimize damages.
First and foremost, it’s imperative to stay calm during a plumbing emergency. Naturally, staying calm may be easier said than done when it’s raining in your living room, but panicking doesn’t help either. Instead, take a couple of moments to collect your thoughts and take a few deep breaths. Don’t let panic clog your mind. You will be better able to cope with a stressful plumbing emergency if you do your best to remain calm.
Shut Off Water Supply
Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, the next thing to do is to shut off the water supply immediately. It is necessary to know where your main water shut-off valve is, as well as the shut-off valves for the individual appliances in your home. If the problem is coming from a particular fixture, such as your toilets and sinks, you can turn the valve clockwise to block the flow. But if you can’t identify the source of the problem, or just to play it safe, shutting off the main valve will prevent water flow to your entire home.
If you don’t know where to locate your main water shut-off valve or how to turn it off, click this. We’ve put a separate article for you to discern your main water shut-off valve.
Shut Off Your Water Heater
After turning the water off in your home, hot water and pressure will begin to rise within your water heater. If the water pressure exceeds the units limit, the water heater could burst and can cause an, even more, danger to your home. To stop this from occurring, shut off the water heater as soon as you have turned off the water to your home.
Call A Plumber
To be well prepared for a plumbing disaster, ensure that you have the contact info of your trusted local plumber. Keep the number on your refrigerator or your cell phone, so it is easily accessible in case there is a plumbing emergency.
For assistance with all your plumbing problems, contact Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. We will send one of our professional plumbers to assess your situation.
Give us a call today at 888-671-7767 or email [email protected]. We can help you with all of your plumbing, heating & cooling, water heater, and sewer & mainline service needs in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada area.
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