We depend on our plumbing without even thinking about it, but if something should fail, are you prepared? Do you know what to do in case of a plumbing emergency? From overflowing toilets to a busted water pipe the first thing to do is stop the flow of water! Here is a list of things you should know to be prepared in case of a plumbing emergency:
- Know where the main water shut off valves are (often there is one in or near the home and one by the street)
- Have any necessary tools required for shut off handy (including flashlight)
- Know how to shut off water to sinks, toilets and all water using appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, icemakers)
- Have your plumber’s number handy!
Stopping the water from gushing into your home, or yard is critical. Every minute makes a huge difference in overall damage. You do not want to be running around in a panic looking for tools or a flashlight! Know where shut offs are, be prepared and call your plumber right away!
Now you know what to do in case of a plumbing emergency that is obvious, but sometimes even little leaks can lead to big problems. It is also important to be alert to these plumbing emergency warning signs:
- Leaking faucets
- Loose or ‘rocking’ toilets
- Damp cabinets, walls or floors
- Dripping or leaking refrigerators
While a leaky or rocky toilet may be an irritation, a flood can be devastating. Yet it is not just flooding that can cause damage to your home. Over time the moisture that is released from leaky fixtures can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. It is important to seek professional plumbing help if you detect any of these issues. Call Jerry’s Plumbing and Heating for an in home assessment today!