Plumbing Emergency? What Would You Do?
Plumbing disasters can be a hassle to deal with and usually happen at the worst possible time.
To make matters even worse, most plumbing emergencies involve water and waste materials openly flowing or leaking into common living areas and can cause severe damage, as well as severe discomfort.
While we all wish plumbing emergencies never happened, it is important to know the steps to take when they do happen. Reacting properly to an emergency can save money and help restore peace of mind.
- If there’s a leak or a break in the line, the first thing you need to do is shut off the main water line.
- Your water main is typically located at the front or rear of your house.
- Once you locate the controls, close off the line by turning the tap clockwise.
- If the leak or break is at your toilet, turning off the cistern stop (usually located behind the toilet and connected to the wall) will properly isolate the problem.
- After your leak or break is properly contained, the next step should be to call a trusted emergency plumbing service.
- Be sure to properly explain the emergency to the specialist and make sure they know exactly what the problem is.
Unless you are an expert plumber, it is not a good idea to attempt to fix the problem yourself since you could potentially make it worse. If the above steps have been followed, then the best thing to do is to wait for the plumber to show up and fix your problem.