If you are a homeowner, there’s a chance that one day you will need to pick up your phone and call a plumber to remedy a leaky faucet. However, in the event that you wake up one morning and find your basement completely flooded because of a burst pipe, or your carpet soaking wet and your walls moist, or, in other words, have a plumbing emergency, it is important that you know how to handle it.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are faced with a plumbing emergency:
Turn off the water.
Immediately after you move into a home, it is important that you know where your main shut-off valve is so that you can turn off your water. What’s more, it is also important that you know how to turn off the flow of water to other parts of your home. It is necessary that you turn off the water because doing so can prevent further damage.
If you can, survey the damage.
If possible, assess the problem and damage before you pick up the phone and call an emergency plumber. This way, you will be able to give the plumber a better idea of what he or she will be dealing with, as well as what tools to bring, to remedy the issue.
Call an emergency plumber.
Don’t just call any emergency plumber—call an emergency plumber that offers their services 24 hours a day. Some of the worst plumbing emergencies happen during the most unusual hours, so it is important to get in touch with a company that has plumbers available at all times.
Attempt to contain the damage and guarantee no electronic devices are affected.
Once the water is shut off, you assess the damage and call a plumber—you should not sit back and relax until the plumber gets to your home, or even worse, pace around your home yelling and screaming. If possible, remain calm, clean up the water and, most importantly, guarantee that no electronic devices are wet.
A plumbing emergency can be a harrowing experience for any homeowner, but if you keep in mind some of what we suggested above, the whole experience will be a lot less dreadful.