What to Do in Emergency Plumbing Situations

How to Handle an Emergency Plumbing Problem 

Plumbing emergencies can happen when we least expect them to, and at inconvenient times: in the early hours of the morning, while you’re at work, during a celebration, while watching the big game; the list goes on. In moments like these, it is important to know the proper steps to take to help get the situation under control until a trusted plumber can be of service. Some common emergency plumbing issues include clogged sinks and toilets, leaking faucets, broken water lines, and burst pipes. Learn some useful tips from the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning below. 

Find the Main Shut-Off Valve

In situations where water is causing a major leak and flooding into your home, it is important to know where your main shut-off valve is located. The main shut-off valve helps provide water throughout your entire home. It is typically located in either your basement or on the outside of your home. Once you are able to locate the valve, turn it clockwise to cut off the water supply. This will stop water from infiltrating into other areas of your home. If there is a small leak from a specific appliance, like your toilet, you can turn off its shut-off valve. 

Mitigate Damage as Best as Possible 

In order to prevent serious damage from occurring, it is important to clean-up any water as quickly and efficiently as possible. Use towels to absorb the water and remove any pieces of furniture to prevent further damage. Many flooring solutions can become ruined as they are not water-resistant, including hardwood and carpet, so it is important to do whatever it takes to avoid this at all costs. In instances where there is severe flooding, turn off the electricity to your home and contact a technician immediately, as this can pose a very hazardous threat. 

Document Any Damage

Take pictures of what has occurred to potentially share with your insurance company as well as with your plumber when they arrive. These photos will help you to accurately explain the situation. 

We’re Here for Your Emergency Plumbing Needs 

When you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, the team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. For plumbing issues that require immediate attention, we offer emergency services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yes, you read that correctly! We are proud to provide customers in the South Bay, Long Beach, and Orange County with quality service when they’re dealing with unforeseen plumbing issues like clogged drains, water leaks, water outages, and more. Our trained plumbers can quickly repair any plumbing fixture or system, allowing you to utilize them as you did before, hassle-free. At Stephens, we are committed to preventative work that saves you both time and money. For unbeatable prices and prompt, reliable service, you can count on Stephens to get the job done when disaster strikes. Contact us today! We look forward to serving you.