No one expects a plumbing emergency, and it seems as if they always arrive just at the point when you have a thousand other things going on. Here in Bergen County, NJ, we see emergency calls all the time, as cold weather leads to frozen pipes and other disasters that can wreak havoc on your home. Plumbing emergencies don’t always take place during business hours, and when the weather takes a turn as it did this past week, you need to be able to sit tight until the cavalry arrives. Here’s a few quick steps to take in the event of a plumbing emergency.
SHUT OFF THE WATER TO YOUR HOME
Every home has a master shut-off valve that lets you turn off the flow of water to your home. You should know where it is and use it the minute you detect any kind of a problem. Otherwise, water will run free and could cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home. If you can, try to isolate the problem spot and shut it off, then turn the valve on again to restore water to the rest of your home. If you can’t, and if there’s even the slightest question of a leak, leave the water off and contact a plumber as quickly as possible,
KEEP THE SPACE AROUND THE LEAK CLEAR
If you know where the leak or the other problem is, you’re already a step ahead of the game. Clear the area around it of any furniture or obstructions from the spot. Not only will this keep your furnishings safe, but it will allow the plumber ready access to the problem allowing him or her to restore it that much more quickly.
If you have a plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals at BZ Dependable today!