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Surviving A Plumbing Emergency

Surviving A Plumbing Emergency

If you suddenly hear a gush or rapid flow of water coming from inside your Roswell area house, your first response is to stop it from ruining your space. Before panic sets in, you’ll need to remain focused. In order to avoid a disaster during a plumbing emergency, there are a few things you should avoid doing and one main thing you need to draw immediate attention to.

Know Where Your Water Shut Off Valve Is

The first thing you should do in any plumbing emergency is to shut off the source of incoming water. If you’re experiencing a water main break or a burst hose or pipe, make sure to shut off the water flow immediately. This will prevent more water from pouring in through the leak or break. If you have city water, the water shut off valve is likely right where the main water line comes into your home. Turn the valve all the way to the right to shut it off. This will give you enough time to call a plumbing professional to come out and further inspect the issue to find the main source of the leak.

If your home uses a well, there should be a shut off valve near the water well pump in your basement, utility room or crawlspace. Turn off the water at the main valve to stop the flow.

You may experience a sewage backup if you have a buildup of pressure in your sewer lines. If you have a sewer backup, you will need to shut the water flow off as well. Because there is no way to stop the sewage from flowing, you’ll need to contact a plumber immediately to come out and stop the flow and fix the broken or cracked pipes.

Avoid Contaminated Surfaces

When you have any type of standing water or sewage, you are at risk for contamination with raw sewage or contact with water that has not been sanitized. Try to avoid direct contact with these liquids. Calling your plumber is the first step in sealing off the leak and stopping the water from reaching far into your home and basement. The next step will be removing soiled and contaminated household items, carpeting and flooring. Be sure to contact your homeowners insurance to ensure that the incident was documented appropriately in case you have to file a claim.

Stay Clear Of Electrical Appliances

One thing you definitely don’t want to do in the event of a flood is to go around electrical appliances or their components. If an electrical device creates a short, it can spark a fire which could lead to more damage and possible electrocution. Most household appliances and HVAC products are grounded and will trip the electrical circuit at the first sign of moisture and water penetration. Don’t rely on this to keep yourself safe. Your HVAC and plumbing specialist will turn off the electricity safely before fixing your plumbing problem.

There are many things to avoid doing to prevent a plumbing disaster. Call the professionals at Casteel’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrcial to help handle your plumbing problem before it gets out of control.