A plumbing emergency can strike at any time without any warning at all. Having water where it shouldn’t be can cause extensive damage to your home, your property, and your valuables. As a homeowner, you will want to take the necessary steps so that you can be ready if the unexpected happens.
Turn Off the Water
The very first thing you should do in the event of a plumbing emergency is to shut off the water. It is important to learn where the main shutoff valve is for your home, as well as those for individual appliances. If you can pinpoint the issue to a specific place, then you should be okay to just shut off the water to that spot. If the problem persists, you may have to shut off the water to your whole home until a plumber can come fix the issue.
Turn Off the Hot Water Heater
If you do need to shut off the water supply to your home, you should also turn off your hot water heater. As soon as your home’s water supply is terminated, the pressure in your hot water heater starts to rise. If it gets too high, you run the risk of the hot water heater bursting and causing all sorts of other problems.
Open Up the Outside Spigots
Once your home’s water supply is cut off, open up all of the spigots outside of your home. Even if it is just one for a garden hose, this will drain the water from your pipes and direct the flow away from your home. This will help to prevent any additional flooding.
Stop Any Leaks You Can Find
Any water still left in your plumbing system will continue to leak even after the supply has been cut off. If you can see the source of the leak, place a bucket underneath or use some plumber’s epoxy or rags to try and plug the hole or catch the water until the professionals get to it.
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