The fact about owning a home is that sometimes plumbing emergencies happen. How you handle the problem, however, greatly affects their severity and the impact that they have on your home and plumbing system.
Have a plumbing emergency? Want to be ready for anything related to your plumbing? Here are three tips on handling a home plumbing emergency.
- Know where your home’s shut-off valve is located. For larger plumbing emergencies, the main shut-off valve’s location is key to preventing further problems and water damage. If you are unaware as to where it is located, have a plumber come out, do a routine check of your pipes, and show you its location.
- Understand your home’s pipe and plumbing layout. A great way to stop a plumbing emergency is to put your foot in the door before it closes. Even just a cursory understanding of your home’s pipes and plumbing will help you diagnose a problem. If your home is new enough, try to attain a copy of your home’s plumbing from the builders. Otherwise, work with a plumber to get more plumbing information about your home.
- Take charge, remain calm, and clear the area of valuables. The absolute worst thing that you can do is panic when the water is flowing freely. Keep a clear head and work fast to remove any valuables from the water affected area. If you are not alone, work with a partner to shut off the water supply as quickly as possible. The faster you work, the better the plumbing emergency will turn out.
In the end, correcting a plumbing emergency is about knowledge and speed. If nothing else, your quick actions will aid a plumber in righting the plumbing wrong.