A plumbing emergency can have serious consequences for your home and your belongings. By preparing yourself for the possibility of a plumbing emergency, you will be better armed to react appropriately if one occurs. After you have called a professional plumber to repair the problem, use the following tips to help minimize damage from a plumbing emergency.
- Locate and activate your shutoff valves. Your home may have a whole-house shutoff valve that can stop a leak in its tracks. If this is not the case, find and operate the shutoff valves for the source of the leak. These are often located under sinks and toilets, and some may be located in your basement. Familiarize yourself with where your shutoff valves are so you can react quickly during a plumbing emergency.
- Contain the water flow as best as possible. With the flow of water stopped, use towels, blankets, and buckets to contain the water as much as possible. This can help prevent damage to unaffected areas of your home.
- Use sealing tape for leaks. Search for the source of the leak. If you locate a burst pipe or crack that is small enough to cover with sealing tape, do so. This is a temporary solution that can save you from additional water damage while you wait for the plumber to arrive. If the problem is located in one of your water supply lines, rather than a drain line, you can use faucets associated with the leaking supply line to help reduce water pressure and better contain the problem.
All Plumbing, Inc. can help you deal with any type of plumbing emergency. We are available to help Arlington residents handle plumbing problems 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so be sure to save our number. Call us at (571) 451-2971 or visit us online to learn more about what we can do for your home's plumbing.