Plumbing calamities ring no bell! They happen at a time when we least expect and may turn out at the beginning of our worst nightmares. When the weather is stormy and rainy, this is an occurrence we can almost always look forward to, especially if your home has been around for a while. An emergency plan will, however, go a long way to combat the extent of damages and eventual losses you may have to incur; it is always good being ready for the worst possible situations in such a scenario. The following emergency plumbing tips will come in handy if you experience such a phenomenon on your property.
Locating the Main Water Shutoff Valve
The location of the main shut off valve should always be given priority by people who are moving into a new place. This is because, in any plumbing crisis, the water supply will need cutting off. Generally, for a town water supply, the valve is located either close to the water meter or near an exterior entry point to the property’s crawl space. For those homes using well water, the valve is located on the well pump, probably in the house.
Hot Water Leaking from a Faucet or Pipe
The first thing to do here is to shut off the main supply of water. This is because the hot water leaking implies that the water reservoir will continue to drain. Shutting off the breaker supplying electricity to the water heater will prevent the heating element from burning out when the water heater runs dry. A hot water leakage, therefore, necessitates immediately turning off the electricity to avoid repair costs.
A Clogged Overflowing Toilet
This is a typical occurrence when there is a plumbing emergency. Start by turning on the cold water on the nearby sink to slow down water flow and cut or stop the overflow. Proceed to cut off water supply by turning the water shut off behind the toilet so that the person working to unclog the toilet doesn’t have to worry about more flooding water. A special tool called a flange plunger comes in handy when unclogging the toilet. Pumping the plunger quickly and repeatedly into the toilet then pulling it up sharply will be enough to pull the blockage from the drain trap.
A Clogged Sink
Unlike a clogged toilet, this will need a cup-style plunger to restore its usual state of flow. Position the plunger over the drain and pump several times to create a vacuüm and let the suction loosen the clog so that water flows freely down the drain.
A Leaking Faucet
Kill the water supply to the sink through the shut-off valve located under the vanity. For a bathtub, the valve is located behind the access panel found on the wall behind the faucet of the tab. Whether the water leaking is hot or cold, it is safer to shut off both valves before tightening the taps to stop the leakage.
A plumbing emergency can occur at any time and at a size that may overwhelm your household. Apart from focusing on the above tips, it is recommended that you keep the contacts of service providers for emergency plumbing in a handy place if the situation requires professional attention.