Dealing With a Plumbing Emergency

August 21, 2017

When you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, the best thing you can do is get in touch with an expert from Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating as soon as you possibly can. However, there are a few additional steps you can take that may protect your home or business to mitigate the situation. We’ve gathered a few tips to guide you through this stressful situation.

  • Turn off the water – Turning off your water from the main shut off should always be your first step. Every homeowner should purchase a water meter key from the hardware store. See this article for instructions if you don’t know how to use a meter key to shut off your water. By shutting off your water, you may prevent more water from coming into your home (and potentially causing damage) than is necessary. Plus, it will usually need to be done before a plumber can begin work anyhow.
  • Turn off the water heater – Once you’ve shut off the water flowing into your home, turning off the water heater is imperative. It can prevent this unit from overheating or building up too much pressure.
  • If it is safe, take pictures – If you can take pictures of the plumbing emergency, it may make it easier for your plumber to assist you with further advice. Having pictures to reference is also useful for when it comes time to work with your insurance company.
  • Protect the home – Buckets, towels, plumbers tape or other tools may be your best friend. If you can do anything to keep water from damaging your home or office, it will be worth it when cleanup time comes.

While a plumbing problem is no one’s idea of a good time, following the above tips and working with an expert who offers emergency service may make a big difference in how much damage is done and how easy it is to recover. If you find yourself in any emergency plumbing situation, call or contact us at Affordable Service. We will be there for you.