There are many different types of plumbing emergencies that most start off with flooding water. Depending on the source of the flood will determine how to properly react to the emergency. Some situations can be confusing on how to stop the flooding and how to repair the problem when it occurs. Absolute P&M Services will walk you through some of the most common types of plumbing emergencies and how to react properly.
Water Pipe Burst in House
One of the classic plumbing emergencies is a broken or burst pipe. Pipes can break due to natural decay or even pressure building up which results in burst pipes and leaking water. Pipes can break in the wall, floor, and ceiling. In such cases, water will drench your home. When a pipe breaks and the water is flowing everywhere quickly turn off the water to your home. Unfortunately, the main supply line can be located anywhere, so it important to know where your home’s main water supply line is. Once located, you know where and how to turn it off in an emergency. Once the water has been turned off, you will need to begin removing the water and determine where the break occurred. A plumbing service can quickly help repair broken piping.
When a sewer line backs up, the water from your drainage and sewer line can back up through the sink, bathtub, or shower drain, and even come out of the toilets. Sewer back up is a hazardous mess. When the sewer backs-up it is due to a clog somewhere within the system. The best reaction to a sewer back-up is to contact an emergency plumbing service to clear the clog as it may require specialized tools. Avoid using any of the plumbing in the home from faucets, toilets and even water based appliances until the clog is cleared. Additionally, you have a hazardous mess to attend to, consider seeking emergency flood damage restoration service to properly clean and treat the water waste.
Broken Sewer Line
The sewer or drainage line can break. As a result, the wastewater will begin to spill out through the break. In most cases, the break occurs outside. Your backyard may begin to turn into a swamp. When the sewer line breaks, your first step is not to use any water until the break is repaired. Since water can’t be used it is considered an emergency. A plumbing service will come, locate and repair the source of the break.
Faucets can break and in so doing, tons of water may begin pouring out. Luckily, most of the water will go down the drain. When a faucet breaks the first step is to turn off the water to the faucet. All faucets will have a shut off valve underneath the sink. Simply turn the valve off and replace the faucet. Usually when a faucet breaks where a lot of water is flowing out it, can’t be repaired and it is best to replace the faucet.