Shut Off the Water
One of the most important things you can do in a plumbing emergency is shut off the water to either the affected fixture, appliance or to your home. If the issue is with a toilet, turn the water off using the valve behind the bowl. If a pipe has burst in your home, turn the main source of water to the home off immediately.
Handle Small Leaks
If you come across a small leak, it’s best to take measures to prevent damage and then call a plumber to handle the repairs.
Open All the Drains
If the issue you are dealing with is major, and you’ve turned off the main water supply to your home, you need to open all the outdoor spigots and drains immediately. Doing so will help move the water that is still in the pipes away from your home, reducing the amount of damage your walls, flooring, and other areas will suffer. If you have a garden hose hooked up, be sure to remove any remaining water in the pipes.
Turn Off Water Heater
Even though the plumbing emergency might not directly involve the water heater, it’s still a good idea to turn it off as soon as possible. Any plumber will recommend this as it will help protect the appliance from being damaged. The water heater is not only important, it’s also one of the more expensive appliances in your home. This should always be done when the water to the house is shut off at the main valve.
Avoid Using Drains
If the water did not need to be turned off at the main valve to the home, try not to use any drains in the house until a plumber can fix the problem. Adding water to the pipes, especially if there is a leak somewhere along the line, can only worsen the problem. This is an important tip to always remember when trying to figure out what to do in a plumbing emergency.
Call 24/7 Plumbing Co. Today
Have you experienced a burst pipe, a leak, clogged drain or a failed water heater? If so, this is a plumbing emergency that needs to be rectified immediately to minimize the damage to your home. Call the experienced team from 24/7 Plumbing Co., LP at 281-391-2001 to schedule an appointment for service.