by Zona on May 16, 2014

How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency


Emergency PlumbingNobody likes having emergencies, unless perhaps they are a paramedic, or an emergency room physician. Most definitely people don't like to have plumbing emergencies. Having a backed up septic tank, not being able to use your own bathroom, is not a pleasant state of affairs. However, plumbing disasters do happen.

Here's some advice that can help you a little, until a professional arrives to help you with the plumbing emergency. If you have a stream of water coming from the kitchen sink, or your toilet water is running over the seat, all over the bathroom floor, stay calm. Freaking out could might make you tear something up which would make matters worse. The first thing you can do in a situation like this is turn of the water in the pipe where the problem is. Water shut off valves are typically located inside the cabinet underneath your sink - there should also be one located next to the toilet if you're having a toilet issue. However, if you can't find the shut-off valve, or if for whatever reason the water doesn't stop after you've tried to cut it off, you can turn off the main water source, which is normally located outside your house, or in your basement.

After you've successfully stopped the water flow, try to enclose the water in one area so it doesn't spread around and do further damage. You can place towels, blankets, or some other heavy fabric item around the water to pool it, then use a large bowl or open container such as a gallon jug to draw water with, then pour it out in the yard.

Be sure to move anything that can be picked up, out of the way...especially electrical equipment that can get damaged.

Once you've completed the shutting off water step, and water removal steps, you can use towels to dry surfaces off. Drying surfaces quickly helps to keep wood from buckling, or water spots from forming.

These are just a few tips to help you get things dry, and preserve as much as possible, during a plumbing emergency.

Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service today at (317) 881-9536 if you're having a plumbing emergency in Indianapolis. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

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