How to Handle Common Plumbing Emergencies

We all know that emergencies, even plumbing ones, can pop up without any warning. Before panic sets in, stop and take a deep breath, then take some initial steps to stop it before it gets worse. The important thing to do is to know when the water starts flowing so you can save yourself from added headaches from frustration and major damage (which can be costly). 1. First things first: Know where the main shut-off valve for your home is located. It is usually near your water meter – if you know where that is. This is a good thing to know when you first move into a new home – so you can quickly get to it in case of an emergency. Most plumbing emergencies will not require you to shut down the water to the whole house – but it’s an important thing to know. 2. Knowing the location of your main valve is great – but knowing HOW to shut off the water supply to your plumbing fixtures is vital! Once you isolate the water to each of the fixtures, you will be able to not only stop the flow of water but also allow you to make any necessary repairs, or wait for a professional to get there. 3. Leaking or drippy faucets can be very annoying and actually can drain a large amount of water over a period of time. The cost can add up to several hundreds of dollars a year if not taken care of. Fixing it could be as simple as replacing an O-ring; or taking it a part, cleaning it,...