What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

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Can you imagine your life without plumbing? Well, for most of us, this thought is inconceivable. Plumbing is an essential component of our homes. Essentially, it is the plumbing in your home that gets you water through the tap. When you go for a refreshing bath, the plumbing in your home ensures that you can get cold or hot water. From health to recreation, plumbing is everywhere. Now, just as plumbing is good for our daily lives, it can also be a dangerous emergency.

Simply put, there is a higher probability of a plumbing accident happening today than in the past. You might be wondering what actions you should take if there is an emergency, so here are some suggestions.

1. Shut Down the Water Source

Now, a plumbing emergency could be as minor as a small leak or as major as a burst distribution pipe. However, a leak is a minor problem that can be fixed with a few hacks. On the other hand, when it comes to major plumbing problems such as burst pipes or dislocated pipe joints, you will need to do more than a few hacks to control the problem. Essentially, the first step toward solving this problem will be turning off the source of water associated with the emergency.

For instance, if it is a bathroom pipe that has broken and you are afraid of getting scalded by the freely flowing hot water, find the valve that supplies the bathroom with water, and turn it off. With more major emergencies that will cause more damage, turning off the main water supply is also a great idea.

2. Unblock the Pipes or Drains

Pipe blockage is another type of plumbing emergency that does the opposite of burst pipes. Essentially, instead of water flowing out in large amounts, you will experience dry taps. To unblock the pipes or blocked drainage, you can use a plunger. A plunger is a plumbing tool that contains a rubber section attached to a wooden handle.

With a plunger, place the rubber section facing the drainage opening. This will create a pressurized seal around the opening. Once you have secured the opening, continuously push and retract the plunger several times to unblock the drainage. This action is usually enough with soft blockages; however, others might be difficult for a plunger to solve. If this is the case with your drainage system, contact Greeley Plumbing Heating & A/C experts for help with unblocking.

3. Repair Leaks in Time

To most people, water leakage is a minor problem that is harmless. However, though this could be true in some cases, a leakage is as dangerous as a broken pipe. For instance, if your pipes go through concrete slabs and leakage occurs, the water can lead to the disintegration of the slabs and consequential structural damage. Essentially, a leak in any structure is dangerous since it can cause all sorts of accidents from electrocution to collapsed buildings. That said, ensure that you repair your leaking pipes before it is too late.

4. Avoid Chemicals at All Costs

After using a plunger more than once and it not seeming to work, you might get tempted to pour some chemicals down the drain. Essentially, the chemicals would be used to unblock the drainage. However, this is not always the case. You will find that some of those chemicals are dangerous to your plumbing system since they can corrode the pipes or cause additional clogging.

5. Evaluate the Damage

Before any more damage can be done, clip the source of the problem, and assess the damage caused by the emergency. Essentially, once you have stopped the leakage or unblocked the drain, evaluate the damage in your plumbing system. This will explain what caused the emergency and what should be done to prevent the same problem from occurring again. Typically, during this evaluation, you get to identify other problems in your plumbing system for fixing. If you identify a more extensive problem by any chance, don’t be tempted to solve the problem yourself. This could lead to more issues and probable structural damage.

6. Call an Expert

Once you identify emergencies that you cannot fix in your plumbing, contact an expert for help. You should get a certified plumber to evaluate your plumbing for future emergencies.

Plumbing emergencies can be damaging and also fatal. To ensure that your plumbing problems are handled in advance, you can contact us to evaluate your system. At Greeley Plumbing Heating & A/C, we offer diverse services in heating, cooling, and plumbing to Glenwood residents. These include installation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems and plumbing. For more on plumbing emergencies, contact us at Greeley Plumbing Heating & A/C today.

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