When plumbing misbehaves, water damage is the most frequent consequence. If you have ever experienced a pipe, toilet or faucet break, you know how big of a problem a water issue can be for your home and your family.
In the U.S., water is second only to fire as a cause of property damage claims filed by homeowners. When a plumbing emergency occurs, it is better to be prepared. Call your local Sarasota plumber. Until help arrives, keep these 6 steps in mind:
1. Stay Calm
Don’t panic or become distracted by attempting do-it-yourself repairs when critical plumbing problems are bubbling up.
2. Turn Off the Water Main
All adult residents in the house should be familiar with the location of the main water shutoff valve and how to turn it off. Test the valve once a year for proper operation. If it feels difficult to turn, don’t attempt to force it, and consult a plumber.
3. Shut Down the Water Heater
Water inside the water heater tank is under pressure. Shut off water supply to the heater by closing the cold water inlet valve on top of the heater. Anytime water to the heater is shut off, the water heater gas valve should also be turned to the “off” position.
4. Open Outdoor Faucets
To more thoroughly empty the supply lines after the main water valve is shut off, open the outdoor faucets and allow the pipes to drain.
5. Stop Small Leaks
If you notice minor leakage from a loose joint or pinhole in a pipe, until the plumber arrives you can try plumber’s putty to plug the leak. Even wrapping the faulty pipe or joint with a rag and putting a bucket or pan underneath can help reduce the spread of leaked water.
6. If Possible, Attempt to Unclog Drains
If standard DIY methods such as using a plunger fail to open a blocked drain, don’t delay calling professional help. One obstructed pipe can affect multiple drains and cause water reflux and damage.
Learn how Custom Air & Plumbing can help in a plumbing emergency, or give us a call at (866) 819-0992.