As homeowners, we hope we don’t have a plumbing emergency, and we do our best to maintain our homes so that our plumbing systems don’t ever fail us. But in the event there is a plumbing emergency, do you know what to do?
The first thing is to not panic. It is the first reaction, especially if there is water everywhere, you’re bound to be nervous, and your home is your biggest investment, so you don’t want it damaged. There are some things you can do to help to minimize damage before a professional plumber can get to the scene. Here are the steps to take in the event of a plumbing emergency.
- Turn off the water supply to your home. This is even more important if you can’t locate the source of the leak. It is important that every home owner know where the main water valve is located, and that it is turned clockwise to turn off the flow of water into your home.
- Once the water is turned off, go to your hot water heater and turn that off too. With the main water supply being turned off, pressure and hot water will rise in the water heater, which could be too much for the hot water heater to withstand causing it to burst.
- Release excess water from the pipes in the home by going outside the home and turning on any spigots. This will redirect any water that would be going inside the house, outside the house.
- If there is any water left inside, it will continue to leak. If you do know the source of the leak, tape it up so it doesn’t continue leaking.
- Once the leaking water has been contained, it is important to clean up the water. We already live in a wet and humid environment. It doesn’t take long for mold to grow. If there is too much damage, you should consider hiring a professional restoration company to do the clean-up, before the mold sets in.
Taking these steps in a plumbing emergency can make a big difference in the end result of the amount of water damage to your home. Knowing what to do makes a big difference. A professional plumbing company like McDonough Plumbing is here to help, give us a call!