Going into the month of December there are plenty of things to do to get ready for the holidays. Whether you are staying home and hosting friends and family or you are hitting the road to go and stay overnight with loved ones – the holiday season is full of hustle and bustle.
It can also be full of stress as this time of year is full of activity in a short period of time. The one thing you don’t want to have happen is the added stress of a plumbing emergency being added to your already busy schedule.
Plumbing emergencies come in all shapes and sizes but, the one thing they have in common is that they must be addressed by a professional plumber immediately.
Until the plumber arrives, there is potential for continued damage to your home and plumbing system. To avoid this, here are a few tips for you to follow in the event of a plumbing emergency:
Make sure that you have a telephone number for an emergency plumber included with your ‘in case of emergency’ contacts. These numbers should be posted on the refrigerator or on your family’s organization station. This way, no matter who is at home, they can make the call for help.
No matter where the plumbing emergency is – you’re going to want to turn the water off. The only question is do you turn the water off to the whole house or just that one fixture. If your plumbing emergency is in a single location or fixture then you can just turn the water off to that area but, if you have a burst pipe and water flooding everywhere then you will need to turn the water off to the whole house
If you are having problems with the hot water coming out of your fixtures it is a good idea to turn the water heater off and call for help. Even if it seems like a simple thing of the water coming out not getting hot enough fast enough – this might be a sign of serious trouble with the water heater and you need to get it addressed right away.
Keep your home and your plumbing system protected from unnecessary damage by following these tips for what to do in the event of a plumbing emergency.