What steps should I take in case of a plumbing emergency?
How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency
On occasion, a homeowner will have the opportunity to be introduced to Murphy’s Law. You know, whatever can go wrong will go wrong. We’re talking about plumbing problems here, folks. Usually, your plumbing emergency occurs at the most inconvenient time of the day or night. And once we receive your frantic phone call, just your tone of voice will tell us you need help; not tomorrow, ASAP!
From our years of experience we have determined the usual plumbing emergencies that happen at home or in a business environment, involve clogged drains, clogged toilets, broken or leaky faucets, bursting pipes (think wintertime), overflowing toilet tanks, and frozen pipes. However if a water pipe busts inside your home, you should know where the main shut-off valve is located so you can terminate the water flow until we can arrive to fix the conundrum and put your mind at ease.
Once you know where the water valve and electrical switches are located and have been turned off, your next step is to call a professional plumbing company to check the pipes, toilet, faucets, and any other area that involves valves or pipes. Most homeowners who have lived in the same residence long enough, sooner or later become familiar where all the trouble spots are located. Sure there are plumbing problem locations that pop up more than others, but going it alone with a few fix-it tools you have stored in your garage or under the kitchen sink, is not the answer.
The most commonly used plumbing item in any home is without question, the kitchen faucet. There are times when you’re trying to sleep yet can still hear that constant drip, drip, drip, and it may not be an emergency right now, but postponing the inevitable will end up costing you money. Chances are what you need is a new kitchen faucet replacement. That said you need to do two things with no further delay. Shut off the valve to the faucet, or main water valve, and call a professional plumber to insure that the job is done right the first time.
Are you facing a plumbing emergency in the Brooklyn area? Stop and call Petri Plumbing immediately at 718-748-1254.