There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when something goes wrong with the plumbing. Burst pipes, leaking toilets, and blocked drains are just some of the many mishaps that require an emergency plumber. The first thing you need to do is to call a professional plumber to help you out. But, while you wait for an emergency plumbing service, there are still some essential steps you can take to reduce the damage to your home and cut down on costs. Let’s review!
Shut Off the Water Main
Locate your water main and turn off the supply to stop the water from seeping throughout your home. It’s good to know where this valve is located before you ever need to find it. You can control the water using the stop valve, which is usually located near your water meter, or under the kitchen sink. The stop valve may also be located somewhere else, like underneath the floorboards near your front door, or in a utility cupboard. Once you find your water main, turn the valve clockwise. If you can’t find the water main, turn off the valve nearest to the place of leak.
Drain the Lines
Now that you’ve turned off the water main, take care of the residual liquid left in the pipes. There’s probably still some liquid left there, and it may continue to leak inside your home. Turn on the water faucets on the first floor of your home. This should completely drain your system of residual water.
Remove Excess Water
Don’t wait for the plumber to come before you start cleaning the mess. Grab a mop and towels to clean up the spilled water. Standing water can create mold growth and damage some types of flooring. For this reason, excess water should be absorbed and removed as quickly as possible. Open the windows and turn on the fan to help the surfaces dry out. It is also a good idea to move any furniture or personal items that may become damaged by water. Plus, giving the plumber easy access to the problem area allows them to work more efficiently, and prevents anyone from falling.
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Ensure Electrical Safety
Speaking of things you can move, be sure to relocate any electrical items or wires that are close to the leak. If possible, do this before the leak has time to spread. You may also want to turn the power off, especially if your electrical items come in contact with water. Take care not to touch electrical items that may have come into contact with water. This can cause an electric shock or electrocution.
Don’t Use Chemicals
While this isn’t exactly something you can do while you wait for the emergency plumbing service, it is something you shouldn’t do. If you have a clogged pipe, don’t try to pour chemicals down your drain in an attempt to unclog it. It may actually end up causing more damage to your pipes than good. Plus, you can’t be sure what caused the clogged pipes in the first place.
Snap pictures of the problem area, especially if your home is insured for flooding. These pictures will assist you in later making your case to your insurance provider. And if your insurance doesn’t cover flooding, you may want to update your policy.
Make Note of Past Issues
You may also write down any plumbing-related issues you’ve had in the past. This can help your plumber diagnose the problem more quickly and may also help with insurance matters. For example, sometimes tree roots can be a recurring issue.
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Plumbing issues can’t always be avoided, but you can prevent them from ruining your property by calling an emergency plumbing service. Don’t panic, simply take the essential steps to keep things under control until the plumber arrives. When you require professional plumbing services, call us. At Shepherds Plumbing, we always work to resolve your plumbing problems quickly and efficiently. Contact us by phone or online for experience you can rely on. We look forward to hearing from you.