Plumbing emergencies can be intimidating, particularly as the threat of waterdamage to your home and other property can sometimes be more expensive than the plumbing repairs themselves.
If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency, you need to call a professional plumber right away (unless it is a small clog or other do-it-yourself repair), but you first need to take action to mitigate any damage to your plumbing or the rest of your home.
Shut the Water Off
n almost all plumbing emergencies, the first thing you should do is shut off water flow. Understand where your main water shutoff valve is, and know where they are for your home appliances. If only one fixture is causing the problem, shut it off first by turning the valve clockwise; you do the same for the main valve in the event of a leaking pipe or other water emergency.
Turn Your Water Heater Off
If your water heater is gas you need to turn the gas to the heater off or turn the unit itself off if you have turned the water off from the main valve. Once the water is off, pressure and hot water build up in the unit.
If you don’t do this, there is a chance your water heater could burst, causing other problems. It could also simply overheat, and once the water is on, someone could get badly burned when turning on the hot water for the first time.
Stop Up Any Leaks
You can apply plumber’s epoxy or Teflon Tape to help to block water leaking from a loose joint or other small leaks. Even towels and rags around a light leak can prevent water from ending up all over your home.
If you can’t stop the residual leaking even after you have turned off the water supply, put a large bucket under the leak to prevent any more water potentially damaging your home.
If an appliance is leaking, check any traps or drains, usually a clog hear can be quickly cleaned out and the issue could be remedied.
There are many tips on our website on how to unclog drains. If you have a stopped up drain or a drain that seems to be backing up into a basin, feel free to try some of the do-it-yourself methods you have found.
However, if that doesn’t work, you should avoid using any connected fixtures and arrange for professional assistance.
HDB Plumbers Expert Tip
The tips on what to do in plumbing emergencies that have been outlined here will only help in certain circumstances.
Unfortunately, there is a whole host of different plumbing emergencies you can encounter and the way to go about fixing these until the plumber arrives can vary.
Staying calm, thinking logically, and turning off the water and the hot water heater before you call the plumber are great steps you can take toward successfully weathering a plumbing emergency.