What steps should I take in case of a plumbing emergency?

by McAtee LLC on February 14, 2014

How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency


Columbus PlumberIf you are faced with a plumbing emergency, be proactive and stay mild mannered. Do not panic. Before calling a plumbing service to deal with leaky or damaged pipes, you should take several actions.

First, find the shut off valve beneath the sink (toward the back) or next to the toilet and turn it clockwise to the off position. This will prevent the water from continuing to flow out onto the floor and damaging your property. If you can’t reach the shut off valve or if it malfunctions, turn off the house’s main circuit breaker and find the main water shut off valve. This is usually on the home’s lowest levels or even outside. Turn it clockwise to cut off the home’s water. In order to prevent more damage, turn off the water heater’s gas if that is what it runs on. Then inspect pipes for any possible damage.

Aside from inspecting pipes for leaks, inspect the water valves for sink basins and appliances. If a pipe has burst beneath the bathroom or kitchen, turn off the cold and hot water valves to stop the flow of water. Wrap cloths around the broken section of the pipe and affix it in place with duct tape. This will make it much easier for the plumber to do his job. He’ll have less of a mess on his hands and he’ll know exactly where the problem lies.

If your appliance is leaking, it may just be clogged. Inspect its filter to see if there is a jam. If it isn’t jammed, call up a plumber to repair the appliance and/or pipes. Do not attempt to perform any plumbing repairs yourself as you might cause serious damage beyond the current problem that might set you back thousands of dollars. Be sure to place a large pail beneath any pipe or appliance that is leaking in order to prevent damage to the floor and other parts of the home. Set out towels to absorb water that has made its way onto the floor. Then call a plumbing service to prevent additional damage.

Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Columbus area? Stop and call McAtee LLC immediately at (614) 252-9400.

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