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Mitigate Loss from Your Plumbing Emergency with These Steps
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When it comes to plumbing tasks like having a faucet upgraded, seeing how you can improve your water pressure, or installing a new water treatment system, it’s easy to call for an appointment at your leisure. A plumbing contractor will be able to schedule services, and you’ll be able to have them done at a time that’s convenient for you.
But what if there’s an emergency within your pipes, drains, or fixtures? These incidents never happen at a “convenient” time, and you need someone to show up fast! You may also need to take some preventive action to reduce the damage that a plumbing emergency can cause. Fortunately, our team provides 24-hour plumbing in West University Place, TX. But until we can arrive, and to prevent further damage later, there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate loss.
First, Shut Off the Water!
In any type of plumbing emergency, the first course of action should be to shut off your water. If you have a leak or burst pipe under a sink, there’s a valve located that you can close off easily. However, you might have a leak but are unsure of where it is—in which case, you should shut off the water to the whole home.
Signs of a potential plumbing leak include:
The sound of rushing water behind walls or under your flooring.
Warm spots on the floor (indicative of a slab leak).
A sudden drop in your home’s water pressure.
Wet or dark spots on walls or ceilings.
Clean Up the Mess the Best You Can
When your floor and walls are impacted by flooding, you’ll need to get it cleaned up ASAP. You are much more likely to prevent mold growth or severe damage by attacking it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, water damage restoration can be pretty costly, so preventing that should definitely be a priority.
Put down towels and buckets to catch further leakage, and do as much cleaning as you can in order to save you stress later on. You’ll also want to clean up any mess that result from drainage backup. However, since health hazards can occur with this, you may want to wait for a professional to come.
Check for Damage
While you wait for our plumbers to arrive, be sure to assess the damage, and review your insurance policy. Under some circumstances, your insurance may not cover flooding or leaks that they declare were preventable. It’s important, however, to know what your insurance will pay for and whether they require you to seek out quotes and an expert opinion.
Call the Right Plumbers
As we mentioned above, emergencies rarely hit at a “convenient” time. When you have water covering your floor or bursting from a pipe behind your walls or into your yard, you need help fast. But many plumbers only work during normal business hours.
Only select plumbers in the area actually provide 24/7 plumbing service. Be sure you contact one who does—such as our team—and don’t rely on a general handyman, who likely has limited knowledge in the field of plumbing. Qualified and licensed plumbers can resolve the problem, faster. Additionally, it’s a good idea to select plumbers who have the latest equipment for drain cleaning and pipe inspections, plumbing fixture replacements, and more.
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