What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Water Shut-Off Valve

Essential Steps to Minimize Damage

When faced with a plumbing emergency, quick and effective action is essential to minimizing damage and preventing a minor issue from escalating into a major crisis. Plumbing mishaps, such as burst pipes, overflowing toilets, or malfunctioning water heaters, can occur without warning, making preparedness key. Here are some important tips from the plumbers at Central heating Cooling Plumbing Electrical for handling common plumbing emergencies. By being prepared you can address issues swiftly until professional help arrives.

Immediate Actions During a Plumbing Crisis

Know Your Shutoff Valves

Every household member should be familiar with the location and operation of all shutoff valves. The first step is to stop water flow during emergencies. Shutoff valves are typically found:

  • For sinks and toilets, look underneath for a valve that turns clockwise to shut off water flow to the specific fixture
  • Appliances like washing machines usually have separate valves for hot and cold water

Main Shutoff Valve

Do you know where your home’s main water supply’s shutoff valve is located? It is usually where the water line enters your home. Turning this valve clockwise will halt water to the entire house.

Turn the water supply off at the main when there is a frozen pipe, or other problem that isn’t isolated to one area or if a specific valve can’t be located.

Handling Specific Emergencies

Leaking or Burst Pipes

Shut off the main water valve immediately to prevent water damage. Open faucets to drain the remaining water in the pipes.

Clogged Drains
Avoid using chemical drain cleaners. Instead, use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to physically dislodge blockages.

Non-stop Running Toilets
Remove the tank cover and attempt to lift the float arm inside the toilet tank to stop water flow. If this doesn’t work, shut off the valve at the base or behind the toilet and call a plumber for assistance.

Tools and Supplies to Keep On Hand

Equip yourself with basic tools and supplies that can aid in managing minor issues or controlling the situation until professional help arrives. Consider keeping:

  • Wrenches and pliers for turning valves or tightening connections.
  • Plumber’s tape to help seal leaking joints temporarily.
  • A plunger and a hand auger (drain snake) for unclogging drains and toilets.

When to Call the Professionals

Some emergencies will require the expertise of a professional plumber. If you experience the following, it’s time to call Central Heating Cooling Plumbing Electrical:

  • Major leaks or burst pipes where immediate repair is necessary to prevent structural damage
  • Sewage backups which pose health risks and need specialized equipment and handling
  • Water heater issues, especially if involving gas connections or complex electrical setups

Preventive Measures to Avoid Future Emergencies

The best way to prevent future problems is to schedule regular plumbing inspections with Central Heating Cooling Plumbing Electrical to identify potential problems before they escalate.

Consider replacing old pipes, water heaters, washing machine hoses and plumbing fixtures that are old or worn and more prone to failure.

Ensure everyone knows how to respond in a plumbing emergency. Put a label on the water main shut-off and ensure everyone knows where it is located.

Call Central 24/7 For Assistance In Kalispell and the Flathead Valley

At Central Heating Cooling Plumbing Electrical we understand the urgency of plumbing emergencies. Our team of professionals is equipped to handle all plumbing crises, offering rapid and reliable solutions. Don’t let a plumbing problem turn into a disaster—call us immediately for expert assistance and peace of mind.

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