EMERGENCY PLUMBING SERVICES
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What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency
1. Shut off the nearest valves
Some plumbing fixtures, such as toilets, have water valves right next to them that you can shut off immediately if they are leaking or overflowing. This will stop water flow to the malfunctioning feature. For larger flooding emergencies, you’ll still want to know where the main shut-off valve is and turn that off first.
2. Protect your water heater
The next step is to turn off your water heater. This is an important plumbing feature that you’ll want to protect from damage. You do not want your water heater to overheat or well up with water in the event of a plumbing emergency. If your water heater runs on gas, be sure to turn the gas off first.
3. Open up outside spigots
Once you turn off your main water valve, there will still be water in your pipes. If your plumbing emergency involves a leak, opening your outdoor spigots will give the water somewhere else to go. This step will help you avoid expensive water damage to the interior of your home.
4. Call an emergency plumber!
Don’t forget to call J.T. Plumbing Services as soon as possible. At any time of day or night, we will be able to give you some initial help over the phone before one of our expert emergency plumbing technicians arrives. No matter the size of the plumbing emergency, we have your back.
Common Emergency Plumbing Repairs
Running out of hot water is definitely a bummer, especially in the winter. The continual dripping of a leaky faucet is not only annoying, it can waste a ton of water and cost you money on your water bill. It can also be a sign of a larger water pressure issue in your home. Contact us today to take care of it.
Tips for Preventing Plumbing Emergencies
Keep Up With Plumbing Repairs.
It’s important to keep track of any aging or unreliable plumbing fixtures in your home and replace them before they create an emergency situation. For example, ancient hot water heaters are one of the most common causes of plumbing emergencies.
Use Chemicals Sparingly.
It’s okay to use home plumbing chemicals occasionally, but you’ll want to limit your use of drain cleaners and toilet fresheners. Both types of chemicals can damage your plumbing. Drain cleaners are often designed for specific pipes, and they may not work properly on yours.
Learn where your main water valve is, locate all of your drains and spigots, and know how to turn off your water heater. You’ll likely be the first person to notice when something goes wrong, so having that knowledge in your back pocket will help you protect your property.
We see you, DIYers. While there are definitely small plumbing repairs you can take care of yourself, there is no shame in calling an emergency plumber to help. It’s better to leave certain repairs to a professional to avoid any long-term damage.
A lot of plumbing emergencies are the result of poorly utilized, clogged drains. Your toilets and garbage disposals are great at disposing of certain types of waste, but they are not trash cans. Cotton products, produce peelings, oil, grease, etc. should all go in the garbage.