In an emergency, it's important to know how to handle a situation when you're a homeowner. If you have a plumbing problem, for instance, you need to know what to do to help in the meantime until professional help can arrive to make the necessary repairs. If you are in the middle of a plumbing crisis and have an emergency situation on your hands, there may be things you can do. Read on for some information that can be helpful.
Find The Shutoff Valve
You should shut off the valve to prevent any more water from leaking or flowing through your pipes to prevent any further water damage. Depending on the plumbing problem, if it's water that is pouring into your home, shut off the water to prevent any more water loss and damage to your house. The shutoff valve for most faucets is usually very close to the faucet, such as underneath the sink, behind the toilet, or underneath your home.
Clear A Clog
Clear out a clog that may be causing you issues. You may be able to temporarily clear out a clog by using a drain cleaning liquid in the drain or you can use a plunger, even if it's just a temporary solution until help can arrive. It may be able to stop wastewater from coming back up through your drains and causing you even more issues. Clear out the clog as much as you can to at least get the water to drain down until help can arrive to clear the clog with a more permanent solution.
Capture Leaking Water
If you have water leaking from a pipe and it's a drainpipe, you can capture the water that is leaking using buckets, pots, bowls, or whatever you have on hand to prevent damage to your home. It's a temporary solution, but one that can save your home from water damage. Water leaking beneath a sink or in a basement or crawl space can eventually cause damage to your home and possibly lead to mold and mildew damage.
If you find yourself in an emergency plumbing situation and you need help to make the necessary repairs to your home, use the information above to help you in the meantime until help can arrive to make the repairs for you. You should know what to do in an emergency situation, even if you can only help temporarily, it can be a big help and can prevent further damage to your home.
For more information, contact a plumber near you.