How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency
If a pipe breaks or a drain clogs causing an unexpected surge of water in your home, do not panic. Fixtures that suddenly go awry usually have their own shut off valve. Locate it underneath or behind the fixture and turn it clockwise. If a fixture does not have a shut off valve, homeowners will have to shut off the main valve that supplies water to the entire home.
You can temporarily curb a small leak by placing a container under it versus shutting off the main valve until a plumber arrives. It is not a long-term solution because small drips can rapidly turn into big ones. If electrical wires or appliances are in danger of coming in contact with displaced water, electricity needs turned off at the main breaker. It is a good idea to remove water that has already leaked out and remove wet items to avoid further damage.
Now that the situation is under control, it is time to call a professional plumber. Most plumbing companies offer 24-hour emergency service. Ideally, homeowners should already have a plumbing company they use to take care of their plumbing needs. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that at some point they will probably experience circumstances that require locating a professional plumber quickly.
People not prepared can check the phone book, the Internet or consult neighbors and friends to locate a reputable plumber that offers emergency services. Insurance companies often cover damage caused by a sudden release of water. If you do not know what your policy covers, contact your insurance agent. An adjuster will need to inspect any damage covered under your insurance policy as quickly as possible.
The best way to handle a plumbing emergency is to prepare a plan of action to follow when you do experience a plumbing crisis. Start by locating all the water shut offs in your home enabling you to shut off water quicker. Establish services with a plumber before a crisis so you will know whom to call. Understand what your insurance policy covers and who to call if you need an adjuster.
Are you prepared for a plumbing emergency in the Burlingame area? Call James Caccia Plumbing at (650) 376-6800 and get help today!