A plumbing emergency can happen at any time and for many different reasons. They can be caused by any number of things, from frozen pipes that burst to corroding parts to tree roots breaking through and blocking your main drain pipe.
So, if you were to encounter a plumbing emergency right now, how prepared would you be? We’ve put together five quick and easy steps to help you prepare for a plumbing emergency.
Preparing for a Plumbing Emergency Before It Happens
The most important thing you can do is to prepare for a plumbing emergency before it happens. You really don’t want to find yourself frantically trying to find a plumbing company while water is spraying out of a burst pipe!
Here are five easy-to-follow steps for preparing for a plumbing emergency before it happens:
Step 1 – Find a Professional Plumbing Company Before You Need Them
Ask for referrals from your family, friends or business associates. Ask if they know or have used a plumbing company that they’re happy with. Having somebody who has firsthand experience and was pleased with the experience can put your mind at ease that you are choosing a good company.
Step 2 – Make Sure They Provide Emergency Plumbing Service
Call the companies you’ve been referred to and make sure that they handle after-hours emergency service, and ask for their regular and emergency rates. Not all companies offer after-hours service while others will charge a premium rate for emergency service, even if it’s during regular business hours.
Also make sure that you live or work within their service area. You don’t want to find out that your plumbing company doesn’t service your area when you’re dealing with a plumbing emergency!
Step 3 – Keep Your Plumbers Contact Information Handy
Once you’ve found a plumbing company that you trust, has reasonable rates, and services your area, make sure to keep their contact information available all the time. It might be weeks, months or hopefully even years before you’ll need them, so make sure their contact information doesn’t get buried in a pile of paperwork on your kitchen counter!
Keeping their contact information on the fridge, a corkboard, or even creating a shortcut to their mobile friendly website on your smartphone are all ways to keep that information handy for when you need it.
Step 4 – Be Your Own First Line of Defence
Your job isn’t done once you’ve found a good plumbing company.
Even the best plumbing company will take some time to get to your home or business to deal with your plumbing emergency. At best, you should expect a 20 – 30 minute lead time for the plumber to get to your home. At worst, you might find yourself waiting over an hour or longer, especially during evenings and weekends.
In that wait time, you can help minimize any damage by shutting off the water supply. Here are a few places you’ll find water shut off valves around your home:
- Toilets – under the tank or behind the toilet;
- Faucets – under the sink, often inside a cabinet;
- Washing Machines – behind the machine on the water supply line;
- Dishwashers – under the kitchen sink;
- Hot water tanks – above the tank.
If shutting off the local shut off valve doesn’t stop or slow your leak or if your fixture doesn’t have a shut off valve then there is a main shut off valve in your basement that will shut off the water supply to the entire house. Master residential water shut off valves generally require a half turn with a wrench, so make sure you know where your main shut off valve is but also how to operate it.
Step 5 – Drain as Much Water Out of Your Pipes as You Can
Opening the faucets inside and outside of your home will help drain whatever water is remaining in the pipes, reducing the flow coming out of your leak.
In the meantime, do whatever you can to catch leaking water in a bucket or bowl, or soak it up as fast as you can with cloths and towels so it doesn’t cause damage to your flooring, walls or the ceiling below if the leak is upstairs.
Trust Dacord Plumbing for All Your Plumbing Needs!
Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with a plumbing emergency because they can be messy and stressful, and the damage they can cause can be expensive to repair. Dacord Plumbing is a full service professional plumbing company based in Mississauga but serving the Great Toronto Area, and we offer 24×7 service at reasonable rates. Call us today and let’s talk about how we can take care of all your plumbing needs, planned and unplanned!