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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

What to Do if You Have an Emergency Plumbing Problem

Plumbing emergencies can happen any time, night or day. When they do inevitably happen, you need to know what to do so that you can take care of the issue as quickly as possible and avoid as much inconvenience and damage to your home as possible.

  • Don't panic. One of the first things to do when this situation happens is to stay calm. Staying calm with give you a clear head and help you do what you need to do. After you have calmed down, stop the water.
  • Turn off the water at its source. If the emergency occurs at one location, turn off the water in that area. If, however, you’re not sure where the source of the problem is at, turn off your main water shutoff valve.
  • Find a bucket. A bucket comes in handy with an emergency situation because it can hold water, store tools, or be used as a seat or step.
  • Use a plunger. This is helpful when unclogging a sink, toilet, or bathtub. There are several types of plungers: sink plungers, plungers that form a seal, and a forced cup plunger for clogged toilets.

Types of Plumbing Emergencies

If your plumbing emergency is a clogged toilet, open up the faucets in the sink or bathtub. This will slow down the flow of water. In addition, water from the toilet can be stopped completely if there is a shut-off valve on the pipe leading to the toilet tank. The toilet can often be unclogged by using a trusty plunger.

If your emergency is frozen pipes, they can be thawed by using a hair dryer or space heater. If a frozen pipe has burst, it is important to turn off the main water supply and call a plumber as soon as possible.

Keep in mind, if your emergency is a leaking water heater, most plumbing experts agree that it is not advisable to repair it. What you can do is turn off the water supply to the water heater and then shut off power to the water heater from your circuit breaker panel. If you have a gas water heater, turn off the gas. In addition, to minimize water damage, place a hose to the water heater and let it empty into a drain.


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