How to Control a Plumbing Emergency
What To Do In A Plumbing Emergency
The words “plumbing emergency” can conjure up all sorts of nightmare scenarios. Plumbing emergencies range from frozen pipes to water leaks, resulting in water escaping to a place where it should not be and potentially causing damage to hardwood floors, drywall or carpeting.
If the water flow from a leak—usually caused by a broken pipe or a weak joint—is not stopped, the leak poses a serious problem for your Brooklyn or Manhattan home. Frozen pipes are another example of a plumbing emergency, often bursting when everyone is asleep and nighttime temperatures are at their coldest. Also, complex plumbing systems are prone to clogs. Major clogs, such as those occurring in garbage disposals, illustrate the need to know what to do when an emergency occurs.
Your first step as the homeowner is to know the location of shutoff valves (preferably before an emergency hits) and to immediately stop the flow of water by turning off the main water shutoff valve, or the shutoff valve for the particular fixture or appliance. When you turn off your main water supply, also flip off the circuit breakers and the gas supply to the hot water heater. This prevents damage to the heating elements and injury to anyone who unknowingly uses the hot water faucet.
Next, call for a Brooklyn plumber or a Manhattan plumber, such as the certified experts at Petri Plumbing for a technician that can solve the problem. From the onset of the issue, efficient and expert tackling of the particular situation can minimize damage to your home and valuables.
Here are a few preventative measures you can take before a plumbing emergency arises in your home:
- Inspect your drains, inside and outside the home
- Locate all water supply lines in unheated areas
- Insulate your water pipes (A green measure that lowers your energy bill)
- Look for water leaks
- Use drain strainers in the garbage disposal
- Be conscientious about what you flush
- During freezing temperatures, leave water dripping and cabinets open
- Drain water from sprinkler supply lines, hoses and swimming pools
- Inspect your hot water heater for efficiency
A plumbing emergency can occur at any moment and may cause you and your family a great deal of discomfort. Contact us today at (718) 748-1254 for quick and efficient services.