Few of us are truly prepared for a plumbing emergency. A drainage clog is one thing. A burst pipe that is flooding the bathroom or basement? That’s an entirely different situation altogether. It is often more complex, troublesome, and costly to handle overall. As a homeowner, you likely have a mop in the closet. But is that really enough? Unfortunately, it’s not. So, when a plumbing emergency strikes, here’s how to react. The next few moments after a plumbing emergency are crucial. Let’s take a look…
Turn Off the Water
First of all, if you have a plumbing emergency, that likely means water is flooding your home or bathroom. Your first step is to shut off the water to the entire household. Then you need to mitigate the water damage altogether. Even a minor amount of water damage could cost thousands of dollars to repair, depending on location. So, first things first – find the water shut-off valve and kill the water completely.
In doing so, you’ll prevent many headaches and thousands in repairs.
Plumbing Emergency Steps
Now, let’s break down exactly how to respond to a plumbing emergency, step by step.
Step 1 – Call a Plumber
As soon as possible, contact an experienced plumber to handle a plumbing emergency. A professional plumber will determine whether you and your family should leave the property immediately or not. Otherwise, schedule an appointment promptly.
Step 2 – Turn Off the Water
We previously discussed shutting off the water supply to your home – this is crucial. So crucial, in fact, that it’s worth mentioning twice. For a small, isolated water leak, shut off the water at the valve behind the toilet or underneath the sink. For extensive flooding or plumbing leaks, shut off the water to the entire house at the main water valve.
Step 3 – Check the Water Heater
If you’re dealing with an extensive plumbing emergency, shutting down your hot water heater can prevent overheating or further damage. For a gas heater, shut off the gas first, before turning off the water heater.
Step 4 – Small Leaks
If you’re dealing with small leaks alongside a plumbing emergency, tend to them next. Using plumber’s tape, seal up any cracks or holes to prevent further water damage in isolated areas. Then, place a bucket underneath the leak point to collect dripping water. Finally, keep note of such leaks, and relay that information to your plumber when he or she arrives to handle the situation.
Common Plumbing Emergencies
Now you know what to do in the event of a plumbing emergency. Here are some of the more common types of plumbing emergencies in our area:
- Leaking pipes
- Running toilets
- Burst pipes/main
- Severe clogs
- Garbage disposals
- Leaking water heater
- Foul odors
- Scalding water temperatures
The moment you notice one of these plumbing emergencies, contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Scottsdale. We provide round-the-clock plumbing emergency repairs for homeowners and businesses in the area. Give us a call now at 602-362-9165.