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, and reassembling it (make sure you turn the water off beforehand). If you are unable to fix the faucet, then turn off the valve and call a plumber. Note: the sink’s shut off valve is located under the vanity; a bathtub is usually located behind an access panel, and often will require you to shut off both hot and cold.
4. You should be able to fix a clogged or overflowing toilet – which is one of the most common plumbing problems we see. If you see that your toilet is overfilling, the first thing to do is to turn on water at a nearby sink or tub to slow the water in the toilet from filling. Then, located the shut off valve to the toilet, which is connected directly behind the toilet. By shutting off the water supply, you will be able to work on the clog with a plunger without the worry of it overflowing onto the floor.
5. We understand that plumbing (as well as heating/cooling) emergencies are never fun and never come at a good time! If you are unable to get your problem fixed on your own, then give the professionals at JMAC a call to give you the fast, friendly & excellent service and repairs you deserve!
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