by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on May 16, 2014

How to handle a plumbing emergency

 

Emergency PlumbingA state of panic may be the first reaction that people may have when they are experience a plumbing emergency. This is an expected reaction but it’s important not to stay in a state of shock. Properly attending to a plumbing emergency can prevent further damage to your home, appliance, or pipes from occurring and prevent your family from getting sick.

When you first spot a plumbing emergency the first thing you need to do is shut off the water supply to the leaking object. If there is a leak coming from your kitchen sink then the water valve to the kitchen sink should be shut off. There are some situations where the homeowner is not able to identify exactly where the water is coming from. In situations such as these, you should shut off the water main. The water main shuts off all water coming into the home. It is usually located at the homes lowest level or outside.

Now that leak has temporarily stopped, time to contact a professional plumber. Some professional plumbers are available 24 hours a day, especially in times of an emergency. While waiting for the plumber to arrive there are some steps that will help to eliminate further damage to your home.

A plumbing emergency will most likely cause water to drip, leak, or spray uncontrollably. This can result in water exposure to your flooring, drywall, and even furniture causing much damage to your property. Also, water exposure can be dangerous to your family. In the event that your toilet over flows and sewer water spills out, toxins and other bacteria can make their way into your home. These toxins and bacteria can cause your family to become sick. To help prevent these situations from occurring it is important to contain the water. Bucket or towels are great tools to clean up a plumbing emergency. Once the waste water and leakage has been cleaned up, some homeowners may contact a remediation specialist that will thoroughly clean the exposed areas, ridding your home or any toxins or bacteria.

Plumbing emergencies can happen to anyone at anytime. When one does occur it is important to be mentally prepared about how to handle it to prevent further damage.

Call Lambert Plumbing & Heating today at (604) 734-0890 if you’re having a plumbing emergency in Vancouver. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

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