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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

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You’re going to have to deal with a plumbing emergency at one point or another. If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency, it is important that you act fast as it poses a threat to your home and your possessions as well. Knowing what to do in times of emergency will help minimize the damage.

Follow the steps below if you ever experience a plumbing emergency.

Stay calm

Plumbing emergencies can incite panic, but you need to remain calm no matter how serious the situation is. You won’t be able to deal with the situation if you’re agitated, angry or upset.

Shut the water off

The most important thing to do in cases of a plumbing emergency is to turn off the main water supply. That said, you need to familiarize yourself with the location of the valves so you can shut off the water as quickly as possible. This will prevent water damage while you wait for a plumber to arrive.

Depending on your home, the shut off valve may be in a couple different places. In most cases, the shut off valve and the water meter are in close proximity to one another. If you don’t know where the shut off valve is, try locating your water meter first.

Stop any leaks

If you find a small leak, try to stop it as best as you can. Teflon tape or plumber’s epoxy can prevent water from ending up all over your home. If you don’t have it, rags and towels will do. Just place them around the pipes or place a large bucket under the leak.

Call a plumber

It is best to call a professional for help after you have done all you can to minimize the damage. Be sure to assess the damage so you can provide enough information to the plumber. This way, they’ll have an idea about the problem and give you an estimate how much the repair will cost.

 

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