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8 Tips for Emergency Plumbing Situations

An emergency plumbing situation is an inevitable experience most people will endure at some point in their life. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a blocked drain or a leaking toilet, it’s important you know what to do to mitigate damage to your home and family. Metropolitan Plumbing has 8 tips for emergency plumbing to help you get through it.

1. Shut Off Your Water

For almost any plumbing emergency, it’s important you turn off the water to the problem fixture or pipe ASAP. If the problem is just for one fixture, such as your toilet or a tap, you can turn off that fixture’s valve. This is usually at the base of the fixture or behind it and will shut off the water supply to just to that fixture rather than your entire home.

If you can’t find this valve or the problem is more major like a burst pipe, you’ll need to shut off the main water valve to your home. This will cut off the water supply to your home entirely, preventing it from becoming flooded.

It’s important you know where your water shut off valve is. It is often found near your water meter. The last thing you need in a plumbing emergency is to be wasting time looking for it.

2. Turn Off Your Hot Water System

For a more serious plumbing emergency, it’s wise to also turn your hot water system off. After the main water valve is shut off, make sure to turn your water heater off as well. This will prevent it from overheating or bursting, causing even more damage.

If you have a gas hot water system, you must shut off the gas first, then turn the water heater off. Turning this off could save you from needing an emergency hot water repair on top of your existing plumbing problem!

3. Manage Small Leaks

For any leaks you find, contain them as best you can by using buckets to catch the drips. If you’re up to the job, you can temporarily stop small leaks until a plumber can come for emergency repairs.

You can wrap plumbers tape, or even duct tape, around pinhole leaks to put just enough pressure on the pipe to stop the leak. If this isn’t enough, you might need more heavy-duty equipment like a C-clamp or a sleeve clamp. Not many homes carry these, and so you might just need to collect these leaks and wait for a professional plumber.

4. Open Drains and Taps Outside

If you’ve had to turn off the main water valve, you’ll still have water in your plumbing system which you’ll want to direct away from your home. You can do this by turning on taps and opening drains outside your home.

If your drain is blocked in this process, you can try your hand at using a plunger to dislodge the blockage. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to leave this until you can have a plumber assess the emergency.

5. Avoid Using Chemicals

While you might be tempted to fix your blocked drain with a store-bought drain cleaner, we recommend you avoid these chemical cleaners. While they might get you out of some plumbing emergencies for now, they won’t solve the problem. If used incorrectly, they could even damage your pipes!

A blocked drain plumber will not only repair your blocked drain but will also identify the cause of it. Knowing the cause can help to prevent the problem from occurring again.

6. Call an Emergency Plumber

Now that you’ve prevented flooding and damage to your home, it’s time to call in for professional help. Plumbing emergencies don’t wait for business hours to occur, they can strike any time or day. That’s why you’ll want 24 hour emergency plumbing you can trust.

Metropolitan Plumbing can have an emergency after hours plumber at your door only an hour from your call*. Whether you’re after a blocked drain plumber or an emergency gas plumber, we have a 24 hour plumber who can help.

7. Clean Up and Protect Your Belongings

Now that you’ve contained the leaks, prevented flooding and contacted a professional plumber, it’s time to clean up and protect your personal belongings and property.

You’ll want to reduce potential water damage to your home by mopping up any water. Using a mop, old towels or whatever you have at hand you should try to absorb water around your home.

If safe to do so, it is best to move your personal belongings away from any water. Furniture and special items you’re afraid of being damaged should be moved to a dry area in the room, or removed from the affected room entirely. Electronics that have yet to come into contact with water should be unplugged and placed somewhere they will stay dry.

8. Wait for Your Emergency Plumber

You’ve done everything you can, now all you can do is wait for an emergency plumber to come to your property. If you try to do much more, you could worsen the problem or even put your home and family more at risk. These emergency plumbing tips should help you handle the situation until help arrives.

For emergency plumbing services within the hour* and with no extra cost for after hours, call us today!

Published: 24 Jun, 2020

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