There’s nothing much worse than coming home to a burst pipe or a leak from an unknown location. Water sitting on your floor can make you feel full of panic and uncertainty.
Stop and take a deep breath. Everything is going to be OK. Don’t panic, and follow these simple steps. You’ll be well on your way to a solution and a clean, dry home.
1. Call For Help
Plumbing emergencies shouldn’t be tackled by anyone who isn’t well-trained. Instead, you should give an emergency plumber a call as soon as you notice a problem. They can help guide you while you wait for them to arrive. Your fears can be lowered and you can make sure no more damage is done in the meantime. Your plumber will likely give you instructions to follow, depending on your unique situation.
2. Shut off Water to Your Home
You can stop any further water damage by shutting off the main water valve to your home. Go out into the yard and open any spigots you have too. This will make sure no water is sitting stagnant in your pipes to slowly leak out onto floors and walls.
3. Get Your Water Heater Powered Down
A commonplace for leaks to begin is in your hot water heater. Even if the leak isn’t coming from your machine, it’s best to turn it off to prevent damage, should water enter that room. Power it down via the lever on the unit. For safety reasons, make sure the gas is off if it’s powered by it as well.
What do you think? Have you ever experienced a plumbing emergency? What steps did you take to fix the problem and get things back to normal?
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