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Plumbing Emergencies: Deal With Them Till the Pros Arrive

  • August 2013
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Water is essential to life, but if it gets out of control, it can do a lot of damage. When plumbing emergencies happen, you know you should call a plumber, but do you know what to do while you wait for the professionals to arrive? Here are some tips.

Shut Off the Water

The first thing you need to do in any plumbing emergency is shut off the water, so that no more flows into places it should not be. You should know the location of the water shut-off valve for all taps and appliances, and you should know the location of the main water shut-off for your home.

If the leak is coming from a specific appliance or tap, shut the water off there. If there is a large quantity of water, or if you don’t know where it’s coming from, shut the water off at the main. Finally, if the problem is with a water heater, turn off the fuel source. For gas heaters, turn the switch to the “pilot” position. Unplug or switch off an electric heater.

Keep Yourself Safe

Plumbing emergencies are never worth risking your safety. Never enter any standing water you can’t see through. It may be hiding sharp objects or electrical hazards. Unplug any appliances that have fallen into the water. If outlets, plugs or any other part of your home’s wiring has gotten wet, shut off your home’s power at the main. Exit the home immediately if water has caused any structure damage.

Clean Up

Sometimes, you can clean up while waiting for a plumber to arrive. Attempt this only if it is safe to do so. Use old towels to soak up water. If you have a wet-dry shop vacuum, you can also use it. Do not use a standard vacuum, only one specially designed to handle moisture, and plug it in well away from any water.

Getting Help

If you need more information or require plumbing services, contact us. We can help with your heating, cooling and electrical needs as well as plumbing issues.