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Crucial Things to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Crucial Things to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Crucial Things to Do During a Plumbing Emergency Jul 06, 2024

You’ve probably been there. Frozen pipes disrupt the water supply to your water-using appliances. The toilet is blocked and unusable. Or, even worse, a burst pipe is spewing water everywhere. Knowing what to do during a plumbing emergency can help you prevent further damage and make sure the problem doesn’t get any worse.

Rooter Man Plumbing takes great pride in providing reliable and quick emergency plumbing services. In this article, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to take when faced with a plumbing emergency.

  • Locate the Water Valve and Shut the Water Off

This is the most critical step in any plumbing emergency. Find your main shut-off valve, typically near the water meter, and turn it clockwise to stop the flow of water. If the leak is isolated, like a sink faucet, locate the individual shut-off valve for that fixture.

  • Shut Off Your Water Heater

Turn off the water heater to prevent scalding and further water damage. This is necessary, especially if there's a burst pipe or a major leak. If there's a risk of electrical wiring coming into contact with water, turn off the power at the breaker box to prevent electrical shock.

  • Call a Reputable and Licensed Plumber

When you have a plumbing crisis, you don’t have time to waste. Call a reputable emergency plumber as soon as you can for help. A professional emergency plumbing service can diagnose the problem, fix it, and prevent further damage. Moreover, the experts can give you guidance on how to handle the immediate situation until they arrive.

  • Assess the Situation

Once the water is off, evaluate the extent of the problem. Look for signs of water damage on walls, floors, and ceilings. This will help you provide accurate information to an emergency plumbing service and take the necessary precautions to minimize damage.

  • Soak Up Excess Water to Prevent Hazards

The longer you leave standing water unaddressed, the greater the risk of damage to your home and health. Use towels, mops, or buckets to contain and remove standing water. This helps minimize damage and prevent slips and falls.

  • Protect Valuables and Furniture

If you’re dealing with a broken water pipe or severe sewage backups, move furniture and belongings away from the leak or flooded area. Cover electronics and valuables with plastic sheeting.

  • Document the Damage

Take pictures and videos of the leak and any water damage. This will be helpful for insurance claims and for the plumbing repair service to assess the situation.

Rely On Rooter Man Plumbing For All of Your Emergency Plumbing Needs

Whether you’re experiencing a loss of water supply due to frozen pipes or your toilet is overflowing, you deserve to have a professional plumbing repair service by your side. At Rooter Man Plumbing, we are here to solve your emergency plumbing issues. Whether it be a clogged toilet, an overflowing toilet, a leaking pipe, a sewer backup, or a leaking water heater, we have the expertise to address the issue and get your plumbing back to running smoothly.


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