A Beginners Guide To Services
How To Deal With Emergency Plumbing.
As long as you have rented or own a house, expect to deal with a plumbing emergency at some point. Being prepared is important so that you do not panic and worsen the situation once it comes up. Also, good preparation ensures you act fast in salvaging your house from damage such a scenario can cause. One of the most important skills you need to master is remaining calm when disaster strikes. This ensures your mind is clear and you can think of better actions to take in managing the situation.
You need to turn off the main water valve to ensure no more water will get into the house. If the toilet or sinks are flooding, you should turn off the individual taps before moving to the main one. After you are satisfied that there is no more water getting to the house, control spillage of the water to other areas using an absorbent cloth. You can make use of materials which can absorb a lot of water to ensure there is no more spread to other rooms. If there are bare electrical wires, devices or outlets near the point of flooding or spillage, switch them off. The water heater should not be left running because it will work extra hard to control the situation which leads to overheating.
There are people who have the habit of pouring chemicals into the pipes so as to unblock them. In serious blockage, the chemical will just sit in the pipes and spread to the entire supply system not to mention the pipes will be corroded. Use of chemical will require the pipes to be changed if you do not want another plumbing emergency in the near future as well as flushing out of the chemicals from the systems which cost a lot of money and time.
The moment you realize that the situation is beyond you, place a call to the experts near you and explain that they should be there within the shortest time possible. It is good to keep a list of emergency contacts at a general area so that you do not waste more time looking through the Internet or the phone directory for such when time is of essence. Do not settle for having just a single contact because the person you expect to come to your help might be out of reach or engaged somewhere else. Children are known to be curious and if there are any in the house, take them to a safe room and give them clear instructions not to get out. They are curious in nature and they will definitely worsen the situation and might get injured in the process. You need to save for emergencies like this too.