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What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency


Emergency plumbing situations can be stressful. Try to keep your cool and mitigate any potential damage by taking the following precautions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Clogged Toilet

Your toilet is one of the most heavily used plumbing fixtures in your home, which means it is prone to damage. Let us handle the dirty work on all types of leaking, overflowing, and clogged toilets. Give us a call for effective and efficient toilet repair.

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Clogged Drain

No matter the size of your clogged drain problem, we would be happy to address it for you. Whether it’s a clogged shower drain that’s messing up your routine, or a backed up basement drain that’s causing flooding, we’ve got your back 24/7.

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Leaky Faucets

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.

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Burst Pipes

This is a major emergency plumbing repair that has the potential to do a lot of damage. Pipes often burst because they either freeze or corrode over the years. Turn off your main water valve and call us immediately if you notice a burst pipe.

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Leaking Pipes

A leaking pipe is sometimes a minor problem, but it can easily turn into a major problem too. Regardless of whether it’s trickling or gushing, give us a call right away so we can help you avoid as much water damage as possible.

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Sump Pump Repair

Nobody wants to wake up to a flooded basement after a rainstorm, especially since water damage is expensive. If you can, give us a call for sump pump repair before you really need it. We’re committed to providing affordable plumbing rates to our community.

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Sewer Line Repair

Sewer system issues not only reek, they can also wreak havoc on your property. Our emergency plumbers are here to help you with your sewer line repair 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you won’t have to live with the stench for long.

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Hot Water Heater Repair

Whether you have a traditional or a tankless water heater, it’s important to keep it in good working order. A lot of plumbing emergencies we see involve hot water heater repair. Contact us sooner rather than later to address any water heater issues.

Tips for Preventing Plumbing Emergencies

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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.

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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.

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Know Your Plumbing System.

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.

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Feel Unsure? Call a Professional.

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.

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Be Kind to Your Drains.

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.

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