There are so many things that can happen to your pipes and your plumbing in general. Most days, it works well and nothing goes wrong at all. You’ll want to watch for small leaks and other issues that can indicate something is going wrong within the pipes and the plumbing system. Even if you see nothing at all, you could have a burst pipe occur. If that happens to you, it’s important to know what to do right away so you can cut back on the amount of damage your home receives. Here are a few steps to take to avoid major flooding.
Step 1: Shut Off The Water
If you know where the flooding is occurring, like around the toilet, you can shut the water off to that fixture. If you want to be even more safe, or if you aren’t sure where the leak is originating, shut the main water valve down to keep water from coming into your house at all. That will buy you time and save your home from even worse damage than whatever has already occurred.
Step 2: Call The Plumber
Once you have the water shut down, you have averted the immediate crisis and you can take a breath and start to solve the larger issue. Calling your plumber to help is the best idea. Get the phone number for an emergency plumber that can come help you at any hour so you don’t have to wait, even until tomorrow. With your water shut off, chances are your house will hold over okay, but it’s always best to get on the situation right away.
Step 3: Cut The Electricity
This isn’t something that has to be done in every instance, but if you have water pooled in your basement, around an outlet, or near the water heater, it’s best and safest to shut down your power to avoid any accidents. Water and electricity just don’t mix and it’s better to be safe in these situations.
Step 4: Move Items Away
If you have furniture near where the pipe burst, a rug, boxes, or other items, move them out of the way so they don’t get wet. If they’re already damaged, it’s still best to move them out of the way so the plumber can access the area and get to work right away.
Step 5: Make The Fix
Once the plumber arrives, they’ll diagnose the issue and give you a quote for what needs to be done and how much it will cost. It’s a good idea to get the work done right away so you can move on with the rest of the process.
Step 6: Clean Up The Mess
The plumber can fix the burst pipe, but they may not help you clean up the water left behind. There are professional companies that can help you get rid of water damage if it’s serious, otherwise clean the water thoroughly so you don’t have mold growth later.
Contacting An Emergency Plumber
If you don’t already have a plumber, put Pete Fer & Son Plumbing and Supply Co. in your contacts so you can give us a call the second something goes amiss with your plumbing.