There’s nothing like the smell of an emergency plumbing problem in the morning (or evening)!
A lot of us can apply short-term remedies for our plumbing challenges. It is the long-term fixes that we cannot do, which is why it is always best to hire a plumber to get the job done.
That said, before the emergency plumber arrives on the scene, you can employ some band-aid solutions to allow you to go to bed and get some sleep for a couple of hours.
Here are five emergency plumbing tips you need to know:
1. Shut Off the Home’s Water System
Before you grab your toolbelt and plunger, the very first thing you must do is shut off the home’s water system. By doing this, you prevent any further plumbing damage from taking place. Moreover, once you shut off the water supply, then you have carte blanche to do whatever you feel is necessary.
Wait a minute… Do you even know where the water supply is? Let’s hope so!
2. Remove Standing Water
Look, we get it. You just want someone else to do it, but oftentimes it’s just not feasible.
Whether it’s a large pool of water sitting in the bathtub or accumulating in the kitchen sink, you need to remove it. You may not want to do it, but you must. Why? Mold can form, damage can be done, moisture can engulf your home, and anything else you can envision can occur.
So, what should you do? Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Use a mop.
- Absorb the water with towels.
- Open all the windows.
- Open the doors to air out the rooms.
- If applicable, use a wet/dry shop vacuum cleaner.
And that is how you remove standing water.
3. Unclog the Drain
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that perhaps what is troubling your plumbing at the moment is a clogged drain. You are using wrenches, hammers, and nail guns to try to eradicate the problem.
In the end, all it might take is a plunger, hot water, and perhaps a liquid drain cleaner.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Plunge the drain and use a rhythm of 10 to 20 times to accumulate pressure.
- Fill up a bucket with hot, steaming, boiling water and slowly pour down the drain.
- Once the clog is gone, gradually pour a liquid drain cleaner.
Once the emergency plumber arrives on the scene, he will be stumped at how good of a job you did!
4. Move All Furniture Away from Wet Area
Do you want your home flooded with water? We thought not. Do you want your furniture damaged by the water? Nope. So, even if it seems excessive at first, it would be a great idea to move all your furniture away from the immediate vicinity.
There might not seem much of a risk, but it’s a prudent move to save your furniture.
Even if there is a minuscule risk, you don’t want to chance it.
5. Take Plenty of Photos for the Plumber
Of course, snapping photos shouldn’t be the first thing you do – shutting off the water supply is. But it should be the second or third step to take. This is important because you can then share these images with the emergency plumber, who will then diagnose the problem and act accordingly.
And, yes, if you like, you can share these photos on social media. You can even take a selfie!
Emergency plumbing repairs are a real drag on your household. They tend to take place at the worst time imaginable: a Friday night, game seven of the World Series, or right before you go to bed on Sunday evening. While you will inevitably need to call an emergency plumber if it is really bad, you can still take the necessary steps to ensure the issues are not exacerbated.