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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

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Nobody likes to wake up in the middle of the night to discover that their home is flooded due to a burst pipe. Hopefully, that has never happened to you—but if you do have a plumbing emergency of any kind happen in your home, you should know what steps to take to mitigate the damage it may cause.

So long as you act quickly, you’ll likely be able to salvage the situation before it gets too out of hand. We urge you to follow these steps below, and once you have a bit of control over the situation, call our team for reliable emergency plumbing in Bellaire, TX.

First, Don’t Panic

We get it, those words mean little when you’re in the middle of watching a pipe gush water all over your flooring and belonging. But these are words that you should always keep in mind when dealing with a plumbing emergency. Keeping calm under pressure can help you better cope with whatever plumbing issue your home is dealing with.

If you panic, you’ll likely have a much tougher time getting things in control. So, take a deep breath, and then…

Shut Off the Water

Naturally, the main concern with most plumbing emergencies is the water damage they create. You’ll likely have to pay quite a bit in water remediation if you can’t get it under control as quickly as possible. And the best way to get that control is to find your water shutoff valve within your home, and close it.

Shutting off the water will prevent the rest of your plumbing system from operating, of course, however it will also prevent the problem from getting worse until you can get a plumber in to fix it. If you’re reading this and haven’t had an emergency yet, we urge you to find out now where exactly your water shutoff valve is, since their locations are not standardized.

The last thing you want to be doing during a plumbing emergency is running around trying to find this valve. Although, you could have an automatic shutoff valve installed to immediately cut off the water supply should anything go wrong.

Clean the Area as Best You Can

Most plumbing leaks and emergencies will cause water damage to your walls, and/or under floorboards. There’s nothing you can do about that except wait for a professional contractor to come in and repair any sub-surface damage.

You can, however, clean up the surrounding area as best you can. Be sure to remove any furniture or other objects that may be susceptible to water damage, and mop up any water that hasn’t yet seeped into the floor. This may seem like a minor thing, but every little bit helps.

Once this is all done, all you have left to do is give our team a call. We understand that an emergency never happens at a “convenient” time (unless there’s a plumber next door, let’s face it, that’s the truth!) and therefore it’s vital to have a local plumbing company who offers exceptional 24/7 plumbing services. That’s us!

For “services you can depend on!” contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today.

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