How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency
At the very least, a plumbing emergency in your home or business is bound to be an unpleasant ordeal. However, many plumbing emergencies can cause extreme damage to property and may even be dangerous. The best way to protect yourself and your possessions is to be prepared.
Acquaint yourself with your home’s plumbing system. Learn how to turn off the water both at the source, such as the toilet, as well as the main water valve. This is especially true when dealing with a gas water heater. Learn how to turn off the water as well as the gas. A gas leak may lead to carbon-monoxide poisoning or explosions.
Water and electricity do not mix. Familiarize yourself with your home’s electrical panel. Make sure all circuit breakers are clearly labeled. This will allow you to respond quickly and efficiently in the case of an emergency situation.
If an emergency plumbing situation does occur, do not panic. Shut off the water and electrical supply. Keep children and pets away from the contaminated area. Remove portable objects from the area to prevent water damage. This is especially important for any electronic devices you may own. Contain the area by mopping or using towels to remove excess water to minimize possible water damage to floors or the structure of your home.
If the problem is relatively minor, such as a clogged drain or toilet, you may be able to correct the situation yourself with the use of a plunger. If the problem is not easily fixed or diagnosed, it is time to call a plumber. While you may cringe at the expense, a trained professional will be able to diagnose and repair the problem safely. Many emergency plumbing incidents are symptoms of a greater problem. A Boise plumber will be able to recommend the best action plan to correct and prevent future problems.
Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 if you’re having a plumbing emergency in Boise. We have immediate solutions for your situation!