What You Need to Know About Emergency Plumbing
The last thing you want to come home or wake up to is a plumbing disaster in your home that leaves a kitchen or basement filled with water. Being surprised with no access to water at all due to frozen pipes can also be a stressful situation to find yourself in. Having a plumbing contractor on standby in case of emergencies like these is essential to reducing the amount of damage that is caused by a major plumbing problem. Here are some common plumbing emergencies and how to handle them:
If you see physical evidence of burst pipes in your home, immediately shut off the main water valve. This should always be your first step, as excess water flowing into unwanted areas of your home needs to be stopped promptly. Contact your home builder or plumber if you do not know where the main water valve shutoff is located. This can also be done prior to an emergency plumbing issue occurring – set up a preventative maintenance appointment with your plumber and they can show you where important shutoff switches are in your home. Once the water has been stopped, you can call your local contractor that provides emergency plumbing service to address and fix the issue.
Gas leaks are among the most serious and dangerous of plumbing emergencies. The smell of gas is your first indication that there is something wrong. As with most plumbing emergencies, your first step is to shut off the main valve – in this case, the gas valve. Do not take any other steps before calling a plumber. Gas leaks can cause explosions, home damage, injury, or death to anyone near them. These types of emergencies need to be tended to instantly and without hesitation.
During the cold Maryland winters, heating your home properly is imperative to the health of you and your family. If you find that your home is not heating properly, make these quick checks to your heating system and if you do not find the issue, call your plumber as soon as possible:
- Check the thermostat to make sure it is on and working properly.
- Make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped.
- If your heating system uses oil, ensure that the oil tank isn’t empty.
- If your heating system uses gas, ensure that your gas is on and the pilot light is lit.
Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating is a licensed plumbing contractor located in Carroll County, Maryland. We provide full service of plumbing, water, and heating units to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. We offer emergency plumbing assistance with the following:
You can rely on our professionals to be there for you in a plumbing emergency and get your plumbing system back in proper working condition! Contact us today for more information on emergency plumbing, or to schedule an appointment.