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What Should You Do in a Plumbing Emergency?

A burst pipe, leaky washer line, or slab leak can wreak havoc on your home. The water can soak through structures and furnishings, inviting mold into your home and leading to costly furnishing replacements. It’s always preferable to detect a leak as soon as possible, before major damage has already been done. When you find a leak or water damage in your home, there are a few steps you should take right away to minimize further damage. One of your first steps should be to call an emergency plumber who offers leak detection in the Orange County area. human hand turning of water valve

Turn Off the Water

Even before you call an emergency plumber, you should shut off the water right away. This is especially important if the leak is more significant than a dribble of water. You can shut off the water to a particular fixture such as the faucet or the toilet if the leak is coming from there. If this doesn’t stop the leak, find the main water shut off valve for your home. This is typically located next to the water meter.

Shut Off the Water Heater

After you shut off the water, pressure and hot water can build up within your gas-powered hot water heater. To prevent the unit from overheating and potentially scalding someone or bursting, you should turn off your hot water heater.

Turn On Outside Spigots

If you do need to shut off the main water supply to your home, it’s a good idea to turn on any outside spigots you have. This drains the pipes, letting the water flow outward instead of into your home.

Survey the Extent of the Damage

As soon as you’ve dealt with the immediate steps you need to take, spend a few minutes assessing the extent of the damage. Have any pipes burst? Is the leak coming from a connector? Where does the leak appear to be located? Any information you can provide the emergency plumber over the phone can help ensure that he or she will have the right tools on hand for the job.

Contact an Emergency Plumber

Call an emergency plumber and let him or her know about your leak and your home’s water damage. Ask the plumber if there’s anything else you should do while you await his or her arrival.

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