Emergency plumbing services are a last resort when your home or business is experiencing plumbing troubles. Most plumbing companies offer 24/7 plumbing services for serious issues, such as a burst pipe or backflow from the sewer system – both terrible occurrences to deal with as a homeowner. Not all problems require emergency plumbing, however, and when you do need the service, it is best to have some information readily available beforehand.
Turn Off the Source
The first step to take before ever calling in an emergency plumber is to turn off the main shutoff valve and reduce any further damage. A broken water supply line can cause overwhelming amounts of damage to your home or business if left for too long. Shutting off the supply of water will mitigate the problem for the time being.
If the issue is limited to a single fixture or appliance – such as an overflowing toilet – turn off the water supply line valve behind said unit first. This will effectively stop the flooding.
Most homeowners assume the plumber won’t mind wading through excess water or sewage to fix the problem. While this is certainly true, it does help to clean up the surrounding area as best as possible before calling in emergency services. By cleaning up, you are removing anything that could have been damaged by the water. It will be easy for the plumber to reach the issue and solve the problem upon arrival. Mopping up excess water will minimize potential flood damage, too. Standing water in the home is a breeding ground for mold or mildew and various insects.