We’ve all had to deal with a leaky faucet, a clogged drain or a toilet running constantly. Those are minor inconveniences that need to be fixed eventually. Often, they can wait. Occasionally, however, a genuine plumbing emergency occurs, a situation that can’t wait and that is so serious it will become a disaster if left unattended. When faced with a major plumbing failure, it’s extremely important to control the situation and limit the damage as much as possible. There are immediate steps you should take, and some of them ought to be done before even calling your plumber.
Shut Off the Water
When you discover a broken pipe, fixture or appliance, it’s crucial to turn off the water supply immediately. The more water that spills unchecked into your home, the more damage it will cause. Certain fixtures, toilets for example, will have their own shut-off valves. If the emergency is isolated to a particular area, you only need to shut off the water to that section of your home. However, shutting off the water supply to the entire house at the main valve may be prudent.
Shut Off Appliances
The largest appliance that uses water in your home is the water heater, and leaving it on can cause significant damage to the equipment. It won’t have an on/off switch, but a breaker controls it. It’s also essential to turn off the gas to a gas water heater before turning off the power. If the water is leaking in an area with other appliances, you should probably resort to turning it off at the main valve.
Clean the Area
To reduce damage, it’s a good idea to clean up as much water as you can. Start by using towels and mops to absorb the water and buckets to catch any remaining flow from the system. If you have access to a wet/dry shop vac, you can clean up a lot of water with that. Not only will cleaning up the area help minimize damage, but it will also make it easier for the plumber to work.
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The professional team at PJ's Plumbing & Heating has supplied outstanding plumbing and heating services for the people of Belgrade since 1982. We take pride in performing excellent plumbing installation and repair. You can rely on us for a full line of plumbing services and count on us for a 24/7 emergency fix. We also install, repair and maintain boilers, water heaters and in-floor heating. When an unexpected plumbing catastrophe leaves your home in shambles, call PJ's Plumbing & Heating any time, day or night!