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What to do in a Plumbing Emergency

rusty-burst-pipeNot all plumbing problems are the same. Some can be left alone long enough to schedule an appointment. Fixing a pinhole leak now vs two weeks from now likely won’t incur any serious consequences. Some issues, though, can’t afford to wait any longer than is absolutely necessary before being fixed. If a ruptured pipe is spewing water into your living room, for example, you probably don’t want to wait a day or two for a plumber to come out and fix it.

Issues like that qualify as plumbing emergencies, and the first thing you should do in a plumbing emergency is call for emergency plumbing services. Find the best contractor in your area that offers emergency plumbing services, and get them headed out to fix your issue as soon as possible. While you’re waiting for your plumber to arrive, though, there are some steps that you can take to make sure that the problem does as little damage as possible.

Turn Off Your Water

The main problem with emergency plumbing issues is that of water damage. If you can limit the amount of water flowing to the problem area, you can limit the damage when the water flows into a place that it shouldn’t. So, the first thing you should do after calling for emergency plumbing services is to shut off the water. Hopefully, you already know where your water shutoff valve is. The middle of an emergency isn’t the best time to be scrambling around the house looking for it. Once you find your water valve, just close it to shut off all water to the house. This will cause some inconvenience, as you won’t be able to use any of your other plumbing appliances. However, it’s better than incurring thousands of dollars’-worth of extra water damage while you wait for your plumber to arrive.

Clean Up the Affected Area

If you act quickly, you should be able to mop up at least some of the water that has already spilled into the affected area. This, of course, depends on exactly where the plumbing issue is located. You should also clear the area of any furniture or other vulnerable items that might be damaged by any water spillage. It may seem like a small thing, but every little bit helps in a situation like this. Besides, at the very least this will make it easier for your plumber to access and solve the problem itself.

These steps may seem small in comparison to dealing with the actual problem itself. If you’ve already called for emergency repair services, though, this will both limit the amount of water damage your home suffers and give you something to do until the plumber arrives. Just keep calm, work quickly, and your home will be much better off.

Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC offers a full range of emergency plumbing repair services. If you need a Lake Worth, FL plumber for a plumbing emergency, contact us today and we’ll help you out. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

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