You’ve returned home to find a flooded basement, a burst pipe, or water spraying everywhere. After the panic subsides, you calm down and call a plumber. But what must you do in the meantime? What you do between the time you call and the plumber arrives might help minimize the damage of the leak, protect your property or valuables, or save money on costly repairs.
Here are some proactive things you may do to occupy your mind and help the plumber in getting started.
Turn Off the Water Supply
If you haven’t already done so, the most critical thing you can do during a leak is to turn off the main water line going into your home. This will switch off the water supply, preventing any further water from entering your home. Reducing the amount of water will reduce the amount of damage. If you’re unable to shut off the mainline or cannot identify it, a good backup strategy is to turn off the valve closest to the leak, which will stop the flow before it reaches the leak.
Drain the Lines
When the mainline is turned off, there will still be some water in your pipes. It is critical to drain the leftover water to avoid any of this water from leaking into your property. Simply open as many faucets as you can to flush the remaining water from your system.
Remove Excess Water
Standing water may rapidly deteriorate flooring, walls, and furniture. Mold, on the other hand, grows quickly. There’s indeed no reason to wait for the plumber to arrive before tackling the issue. Now that there’s no more water leaking, you can start cleaning up. Soak up as much excess water as you can with towels, mops, or, if you have one, a wet vac. Open windows and doors if possible, or use a fan to assist in circulating air and dry things out.
Remove Furniture from Standing Water
Furniture such as mattresses, sofas, tables and chairs, bookcases, and so on that is sitting in standing water or on damp carpeting can quickly become damaged. It’s best to get it to a dry place as quickly as possible to enhance your chances of saving it. You’ll also want it out of the way to facilitate cleanup.
Take Notes and Pictures
If you still have some time, take out your phone and start taking images of the damage. Your photos will be useful if you need to make a home insurance claim as a result of the leak.
Inspect Your Appliances
Under extreme conditions of a serious leak, water may spill from the pipes and contact your electrical gadgets. Water and electricity are definitely not a good combination. If this occurs, you risk additional, more severe concerns, such as a fire. First, ensure that your fuse box is dry. Then, if feasible, disable it. Then, examine any nearby electrical appliances and turn them off as well.
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We hope you never have to deal with the type of plumbing emergency described above, but if you do, Sacramento Repipe & Plumbing is here to help. Thousands of homeowners in similar situations have benefited from our quick, dependable, and reasonable services. Our plumbers have the knowledge and skills to solve almost any plumbing situation. Call us now!