Despite the fact that all modern homeowners have plumbing systems, most don’t know much about how they work. Whenever a problem arises, many people are at a loss for what to do. Here are a few basic steps to take in the event of a plumbing emergency:
Locate the Problem
If you suddenly notice water pooling in your home, it’s important to locate the source of the leak as quickly as you can. Consider marking off the problem area so your plumber can more quickly understand what to fix.
Shut off the Main Water Supply
As soon as you locate the problem, you should turn off your home’s water supply. The shutoff valve should be located either in your laundry room or outside next to the street. The earlier you turn off the water, the less water damage you’ll have to deal with.
Call a Plumber
Though you may feel obligated to fix your own plumbing problem, there’s a chance that you could cause more damage. In order to achieve a permanent fix, you should call a plumber as soon as possible. Even if you first notice the leak at 3 am, a 24-hour plumber can help you.
Soak up Excess Water
If water is left standing for too long, it could cause serious damage to your home. While you wait for the plumber, you should attempt to soak up some of the water—unless you’re dealing with raw sewage, which can contain dangerous pathogens.
If you ever experience a plumbing emergency, contact Parker & Sons, Inc. immediately—we offer 24/7 service for your convenience. Even if you don’t have an urgent plumbing issue, we’ll be happy to take a look at your system and fix any problem areas. For more information, call us today at (602) 273-7247.