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What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

September 5th, 2015 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

A plumbing emergency is never fun. In fact it is the opposite of fun!Eventually most of us will be faced with some sort of plumbing emergency in our lifetime. Instead of running for the hills its important to be educated and know what to do. Being prepared for plumbing emergencies is the best defense.

 

One of the most important things in the early stages of a plumbing emergency is to try to stay calm. That can be hard to do when you have water shooting out of places its not supposed to, but do your best because you will function better under the stress of a plumbing emergency and make better decisions. Its really not worth the stress, everything will be OK.

 

plumbing emergencyWhen facing a plumbing emergency it is always best to call a professional plumber. Plumbing isn’t rocket science, but it does take a good plumber who knows what they are doing in order to fix things correctly. One of the worst mistakes you can make during a plumbing emergency is attempt to do it yourself, or hire someone based off their pricing and not their skill suite. Trust us you want things fix correctly the first time, especially when it comes to a plumbing emergency. Remember what we said about staying calm and not stressing out? Hire a professional plumber who knows what they are doing and get the job done right! To be prepared for a plumbing emergency keep your local plumbers phone number handy.

 

A couple of things you can do to be proactive while you are waiting for your plumber are:

 

Shut of the water supply – if its a small leak (sink or toilet) you can shut off the water supply by turning the nozzle under the sink or behind the toilet, this should be relatively easy to find. If you are facing a serious plumbing emergency then you may need to shut off the main water line. Its good practice for every home owner to know where their their main water line is, and how to shut it off in the event of a plumbing emergency. Depending on the area and age of the home there are a couple of different place you main water line can be. If you are unsure you can contact you local municipality and they can help you.

 

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Protect your belonging – water can be very destructive, especially when it goes unchecked. When facing a plumbing emergency that involves a lot of water its important to protect you things. First of all dry up any access water, especially on wood floors. You should also cover anything you don’t want damaged with plastic.

 

Don’t attempt to fix it yourself – a small plumbing mishap can quickly become a plumbing emergency, so avoid trying to fix it yourself. Aside from not knowing what you are doing you risk causing a bigger problem and put yourself and others in harms way. Plumbers face a lot of hazards while on the job; harsh chemicals, exposure to lead, asbestos, and mercury, animal droppings, and electrical shock to name a few (water and electricity never mix). Professional plumbers are trained on how to handle all for these situations to keep you and your family safe.

 

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