Chances are everyone will experience an emergency plumbing situation at some point in their life. Whether it be a burst pipe, a flood, or an overflowing toilet, there are some helpful things you can do before a plumber can get to your home to help:
- Turn off the water. This is especially important in flood situations. Quickly turning off the water will prevent further damage and allow you to gain some control in the situation. Once an emergency plumber gets there, they can further assess the situation and figure out what to do from there.
- Start soaking up excess water. The less standing water there is in an affected room, the better a plumber will be able to work on the main issue. After turning off the main water, using towels or rags to mop up the extra water is another great thing to do in an emergency plumbing situation. Cleaning up the excess water will also prevent water damage to your floors and walls.
- Temporarily seal cracks or leaks. If it is possible to stop the leak or crack with plumbing tape or even duct tape, doing so will help prevent copious amounts of water from leaking into your home until a professional can come in. This is a very temporary solution, but it can be useful in keeping water damage in your home to a minimum.
If you encounter an emergency plumbing situation, following these three tips can help remedy the situation quicker and help you prepare for a professional emergency plumber to come. For any questions about our emergency plumbing services, give us a call at Mathes & Son Plumbing!