6 Emergency Tips Your Plumber Wants You to KnowNovember 15, 2018
It’s inevitable that you will experience a plumbing emergency at one point or another during your time as a homeowner, and as such, you need to be prepared to handle it.
Even if you have your local plumber on speed dial, knowing and using these tips can save you a lot of time, money, and stress before the plumber is able to come by.
Keep Tools On Hand
You do not have to house an entire shed full of professional plumber’s equipment, but there are a few essentials you need to keep around so you are not caught empty-handed when an issue arises. These include a five-gallon bucket or tool caddy, plunger, forced cup, wrench, slip joint pliers, multi-bit screwdriver, Allen keys, duct tape, Teflon tape, blind caps, and heavy-duty paper towels or rags.
Shut Off the Water
The very first thing you should do if there is a problem with your plumbing is to shut off your water source. Do this before you even attempt to diagnose the problem because leaving the water running can lead to flooding. If the problem is only related to something small, like one of your toilets, you can turn off the valve at the base, but if the problem is house-wide, you will need to shut off the primary valve in your home.
Turn Off the Water Heater
After shutting off the water, the next thing your plumber would tell you to do is turn off your water heater. If it is left on, the pressure of the hot water inside will begin to rise, and this could cause serious damage to your water heater. Not shutting it off quickly enough could even cause the water heater to overheat or burst, which is a very expensive problem to fix.
Tackle Small Leaks
If you notice a small leak in your home and you have some basic tools on hand, you can temporarily fix the leak yourself until a plumber is able to come by. Use some heavy duty rags or plumber’s tape to plug a leaky pipe and also place a large bucket underneath the leak to prevent any water damage if the temporary plug does not suffice.
Even after you shut off the water, there will still be some water in your pipes that you will want to eliminate before the plumber arrives. To do this, open any outdoor spigots to allow the water to drain out, or if you have a water hose connected, turn it on for a minute or two to expel the water that is still left in the system.
Call a Plumber
Last but not least, call your local plumber. These are temporary fixes that will get you through a night or a weekend if need be, but they should not be considered permanent solutions for your problems. For an actual fix, schedule an appointment with your plumber, accurately describe the problem to them, and listen to any further advice they give you.