There she blows — your pipes that is! When you are knee deep in water from leaky pipes, it’s time to call the certified technicians at Action Plumbing for their emergency plumbing services in Salt Lake City. They will know the best approach at tackling the emergency to prevent further damage to your home.
In the meantime, you have a job to do: prevent as much damage as you can until the Action technician arrives to save the day. There is no need to panic if you don’t have previously honed-in plumbing skills. We have the steps for you to take to get you through your plumbing emergency and into sunny days — or at least dry ones.
Step One: Prevent the Emergency
As soon as you notice signs of damaged pipes, like small leaks or frequent clogs, call a professional to inspect your pipes. They could need a quick fix that if left unchecked will cause expensive repairs or emergency plumbing in the future.
Step Two: Call an Emergency Plumber
- As soon as you notice the plumbing emergency, call Action Plumbing, your local emergency plumber.
- The plumber can explain how to ensure safety for yourself and your family in dire circumstances and safely direct you on how to act in the situation.
- For lighter emergency events, the plumber can help you prevent further damage until he or she arrives.
Step Three: Shut Down the Water Supply
- If you don’t already know where your home’s main shutoff is, now would be a good time to become familiar so you aren’t searching during an emergency.
- For isolated leaks — like a single sink or toilet — shut the water off by turning the knob located behind the toilet or under the sink. Rotate the supply valve clockwise.
- Be aware that older valves may be difficult to rotate. Bonus points if you loosen old valves with W-D 40 before an emergency, so they will be easier to turn.
- For emergencies that leave you wondering if your spouse ordered a new indoor pool, turn off the main water valve. You’ll know it’s off when it is perpendicular to your pipes.
Step Four: Turn off the Water Heater
- During major plumbing emergencies, a good rule of thumb is to turn off your water heater to prevent overheating and excess pressure to your unit.
- If you use a gas unit, be sure to turn the gas off before tinkering with the water heater.
Step Five: Drain the Plumbing System
- Remove the resting water in your pipes by opening outdoor spigots.
- Turn on your hose, so water is diverted outside and away from your home.
Step Six: Take Care of Small Leaks
- Always keep plumbers tape on hand as a quick fix for small leaks.
- For leaks that can’t be ebbed using tape, place a bucket under the pipe to collect excess water.
- Make a mental note of the leaks you stopped for when the plumber arrives. These will require a more permanent fix.
- Place towels over wet spots. Standing water is the real enemy because it seeps into walls and floors leading to rot, mildew and mold.
Step Seven: Unclog Your Drains
- Prevent water from overflowing by removing clogs with a plunger or plumber’s snake.
- If you aren’t sure how to tackle clogs, browse our earlier posts to ramp up your plumbing skills.
Step Eight: Make Room for the Plumber
- Clear crawl spaces and problem areas of clutter and blockage that would prevent easy access for your plumber. Remember, time spent clearing away furniture when they arrive means more damage to your home.
Now Step Back
Congratulations! You’ve made it through until your Action certified technician can assist you in your plumbing emergency. Now pat yourself on the back, and let the professionals get to work on handling your pipes. Call (801) 833-3333 for your plumbing emergency in Salt Lake City today.