The professionals at Amyotte’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd. know that very few things can be as harrowing as returning home only to find that your basement has been turned into an indoor swimming pool because of a ruptured plumbing pipe. Once the initial shock of the incident has worn off, there are certain steps that a homeowner should take in order to minimize the damage a plumbing emergency will cause.
These steps will vary depending on the type of plumbing emergency that presents itself.
Leaking or Broken Pipes
The first priority is to shut off the main water supply. In many homes, the main water valve is located in the basement or just outside the rear exit to the home. Even if the leak is relatively small, it is still best to shut off the main water supply and wait for a plumbing professional to arrive.
Leaking Water Heater
Disconnect the water heater from the cold water supply. This is usually located right above the water heater. If the cold water supply cannot be turned off completely, then find the home’s main water supply and shut that off. Connect the water hose to the water heater and run it to a drain to empty the tank. If it is a gas heater, cut off the gas. If it is an electric heater, shut off the power at the circuit breaker.
If a toilet looks like it is going to overflow, the first thing you should do is run the water in a sink or a nearby bathtub. This will slow down the flow of water that the toilet receives. Then use a plunger an attempt to unclog the toilet.
If not treated immediately, frozen pipes may rupture and cause untold damage. The first step is to open up nearby faucets. This is going to allow the melting water to escape. Next, get a blow dryer and slowly thaw the pipes. Do not use a blowtorch or other open fire apparatus on the water pipes as this could damage the pipes and could set drywall and other fixtures on fire.
A Plugged Drain
First, determine how serious the plug is. If the drain is draining slowly, a chemical draining cleaning agent can be useful in removing the clog. If the drain is not draining at all, then use a plunger and try to open up the drain. If the plunger does work, then add the chemical draining cleaning agent. If none of these options work, contact a plumber.
The sight of a leaking pipe, a clogged drain, or an overflowing toilet can be shocking at first. However, if a homeowner is able to keep their wits about them and follow the above-mentioned guidelines, they will be able to keep their sanity during a plumbing emergency.
This is a guest post written by Karleia. Karleia is a freelance blogger and mother of two young daughters. You can follow her on Google+
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