A woman dealing with a plumbing emergency

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

A plumbing emergency is never something that someone wants to deal with. Knowing the right steps to take alleviates the stress that comes when dealing with plumbing problems.

There are various causes that could lead to a plumbing emergency. From clogs to leaks, these situations are never something that someone wants to have to deal with and often happen without us being able to plan for them. While we may not the exact day or time that we will experience a plumbing emergency, we can still do some prep work ahead of time to know how to handle the situation when it does happen.

Don’t Panic During a Plumbing Emergency!

When we notice a broken pipe or other plumbing emergencies, your home might not be the only thing flooding. In this kind of scenario, a flood of thoughts will also go through our minds. All these thoughts and worries can often lead to panic and rash decision-making. One of the most important things that you can do in any kind of emergency situation is to try and remain calm. Staying calm will help to ensure that you are following the necessary steps in an emergency without missing something or making a mistake because you are rushing or panicked.

Turn Off Your Water

Your first step when dealing with a plumbing emergency should be to turn off the source of the water. Depending on the situation, you may be able to just turn off the water right at the feature using the nearby valve, like the one at the base of your toilet. For larger plumbing emergencies or flooding though, you will want to turn off the main water valve to your home.

If you don’t know where your water shut-off valve is, take some time before a plumbing emergency happens to locate it so you can act quickly in an emergency. Most often, the valve will be on the perimeter of your home and on the side that faces the street. If you are unable to locate the valve, you can call your water supplier to find out where the main water line that connects to your home is.

Check the Water Heater

If you’re turning off the water to your home, you will also want to take the time to turn off your water heater to prevent damage to the unit. Since no water will be running through the unit, it is possible for heat to build up inside it which could lead to overheating or bursting. To avoid another emergency, be sure to check and turn off your unit any time you have to turn off the main water valve to your home. Be sure to turn off the gas first if you have a gas water heater.

Handle What You Can

When there is a plumbing emergency, you’ll want to do whatever you can to prevent damage to your home. Depending on the severity, you may be able to tackle some of the issues and apply “band-aid” solutions until a plumber is able to come to your home. It’s never a bad idea to keep some plumber’s tape around the house or some extra rags that you can use to cover leaks. This can also be a great way to help you identify where the damage is so that way when a plumber does arrive, they can jump right into fixing the areas that need it the most.

Call a Plumber

During any plumbing emergency, you’ll want to make sure that you call a trusted plumber as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to call, the better your chances are of preventing serious damage to your plumbing system and home. At Mason Pro Services, each of our plumbers have extensive experience in their field and is able to solve any solution that might be thrown their way. Whether it’s routine maintenance or an emergency, just give us a call and we’ll get one of our plumbers over to your home ASAP to provide a solution!