What To Do When You Have A Plumbing Emergency

April, 2013 by

Nobody wants to think about having a plumbing problem in their home. Water everywhere—and possibly worse—makes your stomach churn at the thought of the mess and resulting cost for repairs. But, unfortunately things do happen and it is best to be prepared for any situation and the need for emergency plumbing in Puyallup. There are a few things you can do in these situations that will help you get through them easier and minimize damage.

Depending on the nature of your problem, one of the first things you should do is to shut off your home’s water main valve. This means that ideally you already know where it is (good idea to take a look before you need it). Most water main valves are located the water meter or some exterior entry point like in a garage or near a crawl space. If you have water flowing that you cannot stop, turn this valve off before you do anything else. Similarly, if you see any hot water leaking anywhere in the home, the main water supply should also be cut off to prevent the hot water tank from draining completely. You will also want to turn off the hot water tank to ensure it is not allowed to continue running while dry or low as the heating element inside will then burn out. These are the first two things to look for when you have the need for emergency plumbing in Puyallup.

If your problem is a clogged and potentially overflowing toilet, the first thing you should do is to turn on the cold water tap in the closest sink, tub or shower. This will slow the water flow to the toilet to hopefully prevent a complete overflow or will at least reduce the flow. Then you will want to turn off the water supply to the toilet which is found typically right behind the toilet near the floor area. This will allow work to be done on the toilet without further water flowing in. Turning the valve off is also important if there is a problem with the flushing mechanism on the toilet.

For problems with a washing machine, you should also know where to find the controls to stop water flow to the machine. You will also want to know where your breaker is that controls power to the washing machine as this also will likely be needed if your need for emergency plumbing in Puyallup is because of your washing machine.

The main theme here is that you should be well versed at how to stop water flow and appliance operation all through your home so that you can contain the problem in a plumbing emergency and then be able to focus your efforts on calling a plumber to come and fix the problem.

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