Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. If you notice that something just isn’t right, then it’s important to stay as calm as possible. You then need to act rapidly to minimise the chances of any damage to your property. But what do you do next? We’ve put together a list of steps you can take to deal with any plumbing emergency.
Call a Plumber
It’s always a good idea to call out a plumber even if you think you can fix the issue yourself. A good plumber will be able to check your plumbing over to make sure there are no other underlying problems that you haven’t noticed. Also, if you have a big emergency that you cannot tackle yourself, a professional will be able to remedy it for you. When they’re looking for a reliable plumber, Canning Vale residents choose Baywood Plumbing & Gas.
Shut the Water Off
After you’re called the plumber out, you then need to shut off the water supply via the supply valve.
Switch Off the Water Heater
Water heaters need some water to run properly. So, you need to turn yours off because running it after closing off the water could cause potential damage to the heater itself. Gas water heaters can be switched to pilot and electrical ones can be closed off via the circuit breaker.
Close the Isolation Valve
Do your best to close the isolation valve that’s in closest proximity to the leak. As the name suggests, these valves can potentially isolate the area you’re experiencing problems with.
Open the Spigots
Water pressure can really exacerbate things when you have a leak. Imagine the pressure rising and rising. You don’t want that. So, you need to open the valve to the spigots outdoors.
Get Rid of Excess Water
Use a mop and bucket, old towels or anything else you have on hand to get rid of any excess water. Sitting water can attract insects as well as causing structural damage and mould. When you’ve managed to do this, use a little disinfectant to keep the area clean.
Make Sure the Area is Accessible
The final step to take while waiting for the plumber is to move everything out of the way that could get in his way. It’s also a good idea to clear a path to the water supply valve as well as any other places you think the plumber might need to access. Don’t worry about making sure that everything in your home is tidy as your plumbing professional will understand that it’s an emergency.
A plumbing emergency is something that none of us wants to face. However, by keeping calm and following the steps above you know that you are doing all that you can to help rectify the problem. Here, at Baywood Plumbing & Gas, we are experienced professionals who will come out to your property to rectify any issues quickly and expertly. Call us today to find out why we’re the plumber Canning Vale people recommend.