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Tips To Help You Be Prepared For A Plumbing Emergency

by April Carlson

Being prepared for a plumbing emergency is one of the most important steps that you can take for minimizing the damages and disruptions that these issues can create. While there are many steps that homeowners should be taking to prepare for this potential problem, there are a few that can be particularly valuable.

Keep An Emergency Plumber's Contact Information Available

Ensuring that you have a plumber respond to the situation as quickly as possible can be one of the most important things that you can do. Unfortunately, it is common for plumbers to be extremely busy, and you may find that traditional plumbing services are only able to see you after several days or longer. To be sure that you can have a professional arrive as quickly as possible, you should keep an emergency plumber's contact information available. These services will be able to provide same day service so that you can start the process of repairing these issues as quickly as possible.

Have The Ability To Quickly Turn Off Water To The Impacted Portion Of The House

While you are waiting for the emergency plumber to arrive, you will need to turn off the water supply to the impacted area. Otherwise, you may find that the damage continues to occur until the plumber arrives. Luckily, modern plumbing systems are designed with several different valves that can be used to terminate the water supply. If the appliance that is affected does not have one of these valves, you may need to turn off the primary supply valve for the entire house. In addition to knowing where these valves are located, you may want to test them every year to be sure that you can easily turn them. If you find that you struggle to turn this handle, you should keep pliers or some other device near the valve so that you can more easily turn it.

Take Steps To Minimize Water Damage

After you have turned off the water, you may want to take steps to dry the area as well as possible. Depending on the type of emergency that your plumbing experienced, it could be possible for large quantities of water to have been sprayed throughout the area. To avoid rotting, mold growth and staining, you should thoroughly dry these areas as well as you can. If carpet, drywall or other difficult to dry materials were soaked during this event, you should contact a water damage restoration service to repair this damage before it can cause permanent damage.

Contact a 24-hour emergency plumber for more information and assistance.