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Tips for Plumbing Emergencies

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Plumbing emergencies happen but, if one is prepared and knows the signs to watch for, the damage and stress they cause can be reduced.

Some tips to keep in mind for plumbing emergencies:
  • One of the first things you should know about a plumbing emergency is where your main water shut off is and where there water comes into the house  (either from a municipal provider or a private well.)
  • If your water heater begins to leak, determine where the shut-off valve for the cold water supply (for the water heater) is located. This is usually right above the water heater.
  • You should also locate the gas supply shut-off valve or, if it is electric, where the circuit breaker is located. 
  •  If your sewer is showing signs of backing up, such as ponding water around your floor drain in the basement, have the number of a plumber who has 24hr service and call him as soon as possible. Also stop using your plumbing fixtures, if possible, to prevent causing unnecessary damage. 
  • If you smell natural gas odor, call the emergency gas supplier from OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME. Be sure to evacuate everyone from the house! 
  • If your heating system fails to heat, due to some malfunction, and you can't find a heating service to help you in a timely fashion, it would be a good idea to shut off your water, at the meter or well tank, and drain your water system down the best you can to prevent freezing damage.

Keep these hints in mind when it comes to possible plumbing emergencies. Contact the Building Waters team asap if you run into any of these issues!

Plumbing emergencies happen but, if one is prepared and knows the signs to watch for, the damage and stress they cause can be reduced.

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