Water problems can come at any time and when you least expect them. They are often related to problems with the plumbing in your home, such as sewer backflow, busted pipes and unexpected leaks. There are plumbing services that can help with these emergencies, but there are also some things that you will want to do while you are waiting. Here are some emergency plumbing tips to help you while you are waiting on the plumber:
1. Turning Off Any Electrical Systems In Affected Areas
Water and electricity do not mix, which is why you will want to make sure that any electrical outlets or lighting in the affected area are turned off. If you have a sub-panel for an area like a basement, you can completely turn off power to this area. You will also want to do this for other areas of your home that are filling up with water. It is a good idea to have the breaker or fuse box in your home labeled for these types of emergencies. If you are not sure what to turn off, you can turn off all the breakers and wait for a professional to help you determine what can be turned on.
2. Shutting Off Valves And Service To Broken Lines
If you have busted plumbing lines, you can try to turn off the service to them. In many modern homes, there may be shutoff valves for different areas of your home, so you can turn the water off to the area that is damaged. If you do not have separate shutoff valves, you may need to turn off the service to your home. The main shutoff valve can be located where the service comes into your home. If you are not sure, you can also turn the water off at the meter box at the street. In addition, you can turn all the faucets on while doing this to reduce pressure on the lines.
3. Venting Your Home And Staying Clear Of Sewer Backflow
Sewer problems can also cause problems in your home. They also bring the added danger of raw sewage, bacteria and other contamination. It is best to stay away from sewer backflow. What you can do is open any windows you can get to, to ventilate your home. If you can open a door to let some of the water out of your home, you may want to do this too.
These are some tips to help you with your plumbing emergencies. If you are being flooded out of your home, follow these tips and contact an emergency plumbing service (such as South Side Plumbing & Heating Co. Inc.) to get help with the repairs, so you can get started putting your home back together.