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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

An overflowing toilet, a burst pipe or a malfunctioning faucet is a plumbing emergency that requires your immediate attention. What do you do? First of all, don’t panic and follow these steps recommended by the specialists from Chesapeake Plumbing.

Shut off the water. If you can, shut off the water supply to the pipe that’s causing an issue, but if you don’t know your way around your plumbing system, just turn the main water shutoff valve. It’s typically located in the basement or outside your house. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the plumbing before the emergency occurs. Label the pipes and valves so that they can be easily identified.

Contain the damage. Once there’s no more water contributing to the flood, attempt to contain the disaster area. Prevent the water pooling on the floor from spreading any further by piling towels, blankets, scooping it out or directing to the drains.

Remove everything portable out of the water. Water damages most of the materials that absorb water, so it’s important you take all affected items outside as soon as possible. Be especially carefully with electronic devices that got wet: use safety precautions.

Wipe all the items dry and leave them to air out. If linoleum or carpet got damaged, you might have to discard it because excess moisture will cause mold growth in no time.

Call a plumber. If you are not a handy person, call a professional plumber to find and fix the source of the leak. Our plumbers in Ann Arundel County are trained to deal with all kinds of plumbing emergencies.

Remove as much water as possible. While you are waiting for the plumber, get the floor as dry as possible to prevent serious damage. If you have a utility pump use it to suck up the water. If not – keep removing water with the towels. Run ventilation system and fans full-blast to encourage evaporation.

Take preventive measures. If a plumber finds that an old pipe burst due to age, rust and corrosion, it can be a sign of future trouble. It might not be long until other pipes fail in a similar way. Talk to the plumber to find out how serious the problem is and what can be done to prevent it from reoccurring.

Memorize these steps and no plumbing emergency will catch you off guard. And if you panic, call us immediately and our technicians will work you through while you are waiting for the plumber.