Regular maintenance or not, emergencies happen! Though you can’t prevent everything, you can be prepared! Most plumbing issues can be an easy fix, and some might not even require an expert, but if it’s beyond a little leak and you are dealing with a full on pipe burst, it’s time to stay calm and grab your emergency checklist:
Shut Off Water
With all plumbing issues, you’ll want to turn off the water source. If it’s beyond an overflowing toilet, you’ll need to locate your main valve. All it will require is a couple turns, and your flooding issue will be no more. If it is a major emergency, you’ll also want to turn off your water heater. Failure to do so can cause damage to the unit.
Look For Easy Fixes
Your next step is to look for any signs of cracks or leaks. Temporarily fix any leaks by covering them with tape or a dishtowel so no excess water escapes. Make note of any damage you see and be sure to let the plumber know; this will help them assess the problem quickly and accurately.
Keep It Dry
If you are dealing with a full blown flood, act quickly to prevent any further damage. Move any furniture you can and begin removing any standing water. Make a note of anything that is damaged and put buckets under any leaks or drips that are occurring. The faster you act, the fewer repairs you’ll need later.
Take Pictures and Make the Call
Now that you have everything protected and assessed, it’s time to get it fixed. Contact your local plumber and be as detailed as possible. If there happened to be any structural damage, take pictures for your records.
When your plumbing needs the hands of a professional plumber, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 583-4269.