What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

When a serious plumbing problem happens, the first thing most people do is pick up the phone and call a plumber to fix the issue. That’s exactly what you should do when you have a plumbing emergency, but what do you do while you wait for the plumber to arrive? We’ve found that many people don’t know what to do before the plumber gets to their house. They wait around feeling helpless, sometimes watching water cause more problems for their home. This is when panic sets in. We never want our customers to feel panicked. That’s why we put together a little guide to help you know what to do during a plumbing emergency.

Turn Off the Water

Do you have water backing up in the house? Is an overflow situation causing flooding in parts of the house? You must act quickly in situations like these. The faster you react, the more you limit how much water infiltrates the home. Doing so mean less mess and fewer cleanup costs. For localized flooding in kitchens or bathrooms, turn off the valve to the sink or toilet supply line. If you’re dealing with a water main line break, turn off the water to the whole house. You do this by accessing the main water shut-off valve located where the water comes into the house from the service line.

Temporarily Fix the Leak

It’s not always possible for a plumber to get to you fast. Even 24-hour plumbing services like Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter get backed up from time to time. So, if you have a leaky pipe under your kitchen or bathroom sink, make a temporary repair while you wait. Sturdy tape like duct tape works in these cases. If you have nothing to stop the leak, grab a bucket and put it under the pipe to catch the water or spread towels around the area to stop the leak from spreading.

Turn Off the Electricity and Clear the Area

When water is in an area of the home where electrical shock is a potential danger, you need to turn the electricity off. Access the main panel and turn off electricity to the affected areas. Also, keep everyone, including pets, away from the flooded part of the house. Standing water can be a health hazard, especially if raw sewage is backing up.

Prepare for the Plumber to Arrive

Before the plumber gets to your house, know what you will say. Licensed plumbers have seen it all and have a good idea what causes most problems. However, the more information you give the plumber, the faster he or she can work on making repairs. Make a note of any problems you’ve had in the past that are similar. If you’re dealing with an appliance like a water heater, past problems help the plumber troubleshoot and takes the guesswork out of diagnosing. Also, if this is a recurrent problem, the appliance or other plumbing fixture could be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. The more your service technician knows, the better it is for making a fast, accurate repair.

Call Your Local Plumber Now!

If you run into a plumbing problem, we want you to be prepared. We don’t want you to feel helpless in your home. At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we know how frustrating and uncertain a plumbing emergency is. That’s why we do our best to get to you as fast as possible. One way we’re able to offer speedy plumbing service is by having local plumbers in your neighborhood ready 24/7. The Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter team has 24-hour plumbers in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County, the South Bay, the Inland Empire, and the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. Call us when you need us at (888) 668-8922.