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What to do When You have a Plumbing Emergency?

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Well, we all know the first thing we want to do when we have a plumbing emergency…. PANIC! But should we? No! Panicking during a plumbing emergency is one of the worst things you can do, besides with Plumbers 911 in your corner the last thing you need to do is panic. In this article we are going to talk about some of the most common plumbing emergencies, what to do if you experience one and how to get in touch with an emergency plumber. 

     A plumbing emergency is always a little subjective based on who you are talking to. One person's clogged bathroom drain may feel like an emergency but compared to another person's sewage back up it can be hard to compare. No matter how big or small your issue is it can be classified as an emergency when there is water damage from an undefined source. It should be noted that the best way to handle a plumbing emergency is to avoid it all together by keeping up to date on the plumbing maintenance of your home and addressing any issues such as minor clogs right away when you notice them. However, even if you do this sometimes things cannot be avoided, making them an emergency. 

     Flooding, burst pipes, overflowing toilets, severely clogged drains, no hot water; these all constitute a plumbing emergency and need immediate attention from a professional. Here are four easy steps to have in place to handle the worst your plumbing can throw at you.

  1. Turn off the Water

Always make sure you know where your main water shut off valve is located in your home so you can access it quickly and turn it off right away. If the problem has started in your toilet, shut off the water valve at the back of the basin first before going to your main shut off. Remember, when shutting off a water valve you always turn it clockwise. 


  1. Call in the Emergency Plumber

Not all Plumbers are created equally. You may have a favourite neighbourhood guy who is great with scheduled repairs or maintenance but that doesn't mean their operation is set up to handle a major emergency right away to avoid your home suffering immediate damage. Having the number for Plumbers 911 in an easy to remember place is a great way to avoid a panic, they can quickly get you in touch with a professional plumber in your area who will be properly equipped to address the issue you are having. 


  1. Turn off the Water Heater

If your home has a water heater it is important to shut it off during an emergency to save it from running unnecessarily, possibly leading it to overheating and bursting. Remember if it is gas run, turn off the gas BEFORE you turn off the heater.


  1. Address any Small Leaks

While you wait for the plumber to arrive, take this time to look for any small leaks. If you find any make sure to put a bucket under them or use towels to avoid any unnecessary water damage to your home. Feel free to use plumbers tape if you have any available. Just remember to make sure you show your plumber where any and all leaks you may find are. They will best know how to address them, whether it is part of the emergency or possibly some other issue that may have just come to light. 


Remember: if you are experiencing a plumbing emergency do not pour any chemical cleaners or drain-aides down the affected pipes. This can cause more damage and is not the intended use of such products. 


But once again the most important thing you can do is stay calm, call for help and you will have nothing to worry about. By calling Plumbers 911 they will not only put you in touch with professional Plumbers in your area, but they will also be able to make recommendations on emergency Plumbers if the situation calls for it.