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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing problems are never something a homeowner looks forward to, but they do happen. Let’s look at what steps should be taken immediately following a plumbing emergency to help minimize the damage.

How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

Turn Off the Water

First and foremost, turn the water off! If you have a burst pipe, for example, your first step should be to turn the water off to stop the flow and prevent additional damage and loss of water. Turning off the flow of water can also help protect your hot water heater and sump pump so they don’t become overwhelmed with the excess water. By turning the water off you can give yourself a minute to gather your thoughts, move any belongings in the path of water damage, and contact a plumber.

Call a Plumber

Once the water has been turned off you’ll want to call a plumber. It is essential to call the plumber as quickly as possible, so they can get you in their schedule to come repair the problem. A plumber may also be able to give you additional instructions in the meantime while you wait for them to help reduce damage to your home, hot water heater, and sump pump.

Move Possessions

If you’ve had a major leak in your home, some of your possessions may be damaged. By taking some time to move your things out of the water you can prevent further damage and make it easier for the plumber to access the area. If you have a major leak with flooding, by moving your things you can also begin the process of flood restoration and water removal.

Check the Hot Water Heater

Another important thing to do when you’ve had a plumbing emergency is to check the hot water heater. Depending on the plumbing problem, your hot water heater may sustain damage during the event. Checking the hot water heater on a regular basis can also help prevent a plumbing emergency in the future as well, so you might as well take some time to check it out.

If you are in need of plumbing services, call us at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating today to discuss our emergency plumbing services in Eldersburg. We can help you get back on your feet quickly following a plumbing emergency. Give us a call today!

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