A plumbing emergency never seems to have the courtesy of hitting when you are prepared for it. Instead a plumbing emergency always seems to happen when you least expect it or at the most inconvenient time, like a weekend or holiday. That is why is why it is so important to know what to do in the event of a plumbing emergency. Here is plumbing emergency 101.
For starters the first thing you should do during a plumbing emergency is to shut off the main water line, depending on the severity of the plumbing emergency. If you have a major water leak and water is gushing out of the wall, for example, you want to cut off the main water supply to prevent further damage and waste. For leaks on plumbing fixtures like toilets or under the sink you can often find the shut off valve behind the toilet or under the sink. For the Main water line you can usually find the shut off valve where the main water line enters your home, there may also be a shutoff valve outside the home in a buried cavity commonly referred to as the “buffalo box”.
Once you have shut off the water supply you will want to take some precautions to protect your belongings. Often times with a plumbing emergency you will face some serious water damage. Its important to clean up right away to prevent damage, as water damage can set in really fast, especially with hardwood floors and drywall. Remove anything from the area you don’t want to get ruined, put anything that may have gotten wet out to dry to prevent mold and further damage. You may also want to cover areas you don’t want get damaged with plastic or a drop cloth.
The next step in a plumbing emergency is to reach out to your local plumber. There are many emergency plumbing services available, often times offering 24/7 emergency plumbing repair. Check Yelp or Angie’s List for local plumbers in your area that offer 24 hour plumbing emergency service.
When it comes to emergency plumbing, a lot of the times, all though not always, an emergency plumbing situation can be prevented with routine plumbing maintenance. Some routine plumbing maintenance services include:
- checking for leaks
- checking for broken pipes
- checking for corrosion on pipes and plumbing fixtures
- replacing old leaky plumbing fixtures
- check caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks
- check drainage
- check water pressure
- inspect water heater
- check appliance hoses for cracks
Remember an ounce or prevention is worth its weight in gold, and while you can prevent all plumbing emergencies, you can prevent some plumbing emergencies by staying on top of your plumbing maintenance. Contact Courtesy Plumbing today to schedule a plumbing inspection today! Courtesy Plumbing is also available to you 24/7 in the event of a plumbing emergency.