What to Do in the Event of a Plumbing Emergency

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Plumbing emergencies can occur at the most inconvenient times. Some of the most common plumbing emergencies include large leaks, frozen pipes, clogged toilets, no hot water, burst pipes, and sewage backing up. Whatever the problem is, knowing what to do can minimize damage and get your household back to normal as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Shut Off the Water

In any plumbing emergency, you should first shut off the water to prevent further damage. If the problem is localized, such as a leaky faucet or toilet, you can usually find a shut-off valve near the fixture. For more serious issues like a burst pipe, you'll need to shut off the main water supply to the house.

Step 2: Assess the Situation

Once the water is off, try to determine the extent of the problem. Assessing the situation can help when you call a plumber, as you'll be able to give them a better idea of what they'll be dealing with.

Step 3: Call a Professional Plumber

Even if you're handy around the house, it's best to call a professional plumber in an emergency. They have the tools and experience to deal with complex situations and can ensure repairs are done safely and effectively.

Step 4: Mitigate Damage

While waiting for the plumber, do what you can to minimize damage. This might include mopping up water to prevent further damage to floors and furnishings or placing a bucket under a leak to catch drips. If you can tackle more minor leaks, try stopping them as soon as possible. This can help minimize damage and lower costs.

If you have drains or spigots outside of your home, turn these on to clear out any water left in your pipes after turning off your water.

Step 5: Document for Insurance

You may need to make an insurance claim if the damage is significant. Take photos of the affected area and any damaged items. Keep receipts from the plumber and any related expenses.

Call Leary Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies can be stressful, whether it’s your first or tenth time dealing with them. At Leary Plumbing, we offer same-day service and 24/7 service for urgent plumbing.

Give us a call at (866) 396-1607 to get your plumbing system back to normal.

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