All across the United States, families prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding. If you live in an area known for such disasters, it is important that you come up with a solid emergency plan. While a plumbing emergency may not be as devastating as a tornado, it can cause significant damage if not addressed properly. Reichelt Plumbing wants you to be prepared incase you are hit with a plumbing emergency. Just follow these simple steps and you will be able to minimize damage and get your issue fixed quickly.
Where Is the Main Water Shut-Off Valve for Your Property?
You should always know where your water shut-off valve is located. Being able to quickly turn off this valve can help prevent a broken pipe incident from turning into a catastrophe. The faster you spot the problem and turn this valve off, the less water can cause damage to your property.
Do All the Local Shut-Off Valves Work for Your Sinks and Toilets?
If you have a localized leak, you need to locate your local shut-off valve. These valves are normally located directly behind or under the sink or toilet. Twist the knob to turn off and on the water easily so that the problem is slowed until it can be repaired. These knobs should be turned at least once a year to ensure they are always working properly and anyone in your family can operate them.
Can You Properly Turn off Your Water Heater?
If your water heater is leaking, it is important to know how to shut it off. Failing to turn off the water heater can lead to damaging parts that will require a costly replacement. Gas heaters should be turned to “pilot.” Electric heaters may require turning the breaker to the off position.
Have You Tried Unclogging the Drain?
Sometimes a clogged drain and cause a plumbing emergency. Toilet clogs require a forced cup plunger, which is usually black in color. Sinks and showers require a cup plunger, which is usually red in color. If the drain is completely clogged and is not responding to a plunger, you should contact Reichelt Plumbing for assistance.
For Cracked or Burst Pipes, Have You Removed as Much Water as Possible?
Make sure to remove as much water from the area as possible. This can help speed the plumber’s ability to fix your problem. You can also assist your plumber by removing all other items such as furniture and entertainment equipment from the area. You should also turn the breaker to the off position for the area experiencing flooding. This can prevent a potentially dangerous situation.
Though this list is not comprehensive, these tips will help significantly reduce the damage caused by plumbing emergencies. Feel free to contact one of our friendly representatives at Reichelt Plumbing with any questions or to schedule a plumbing maintenance inspection today! Dial (219) 322-4906 for assistance.