There’s nothing much worse for homeowners than plumbing emergencies. When one happens the first few seconds are pure chaos as people try to figure out what to do. You have to act quickly in order to reduce water damage, but how do you go about doing it? Here are tips for dealing with plumbing emergencies:
Frozen and Burst Pipes
Typically, this issue takes place during extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures. However it can happen any time of the year. Thawing frozen pipes can be difficult and can quickly lead to a lot of damage if you are not careful.
If this happens to you, it’s vital that you turn off the water supply to your home. In most instances, there’s a main shut-off valve that is located near where the municipal water line feeds into your plumbing. If you don’t know where it is, now is the time to find out. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you find it – make sure everyone else in your home knows the location as well.
A backed up toilet can be a hassle for sure. However, it can actually be a health hazard if waste materials spill onto your bathroom floor. If this happens to you, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water supply to the toilet. Then, use a shop vac to quickly clean up any materials that came out of the toilet bowl. Call a plumber immediately if you can’t find the cause of the clog in your sewer line.
Many people immediately use a plunger if they have a clog in their shower drain or toilet. However, you can also use it in your sink as well. It’s extremely important, though, that you don’t use too much force in order to clear the clog. If you do, you could cause a great deal of damage to your plumbing.
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle a wide range of plumbing emergencies. We’re experts in leak detection and pipe repair. Call us or contact us online to get in touch with one of our experts.