Posted on 8/24/2015
handling a plumbing emergency in your home libertyvilleOne of the worst, and potentially costly, situations you may have to deal with is a plumbing emergency in your home. From leaky or broken pipes to overflowing toilets, you may find yourself knee-deep in an unpleasant mess. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Only with a clear mind can you be able to quickly assess what is going on and react accordingly. Here are some tips on how to handle sudden and disastrous plumbing problems.

Know Where Your Water’s Shutoff Valve Is

If you are having a plumbing emergency, you need to shut off the water supply to your home immediately. Main shutoff valves are usually located with the water meter, especially if your water comes from a city source. Be sure you know how to operate the shutoff valve before you attempt to use it. Also, consider the consequences of a shutoff regarding your water-fed appliances such as your hot water heater. Abruptly cutting off the water supply may damage certain appliances.

Locate Other Valves

There are several items in your home that use water like dishwashers, toilets, faucets, water heaters, and washing machines. All of them usually have their own water shutoff valves. If your dishwater or water heater’s malfunction and start spewing water, it may be easier to use their localized valves to cut off the water supply. Again, be sure to familiarize yourself with how their valves work. In an emergency situation, use your best discretion.

Deal with Common Emergencies

One of the most common plumbing emergencies is an overflowing toilet. If you’ve ever experienced it before, you know how fast a clogged toilet bowl can fill up with water and spill over onto the bathroom floor. Your first inclination should be to cut the water supply to the toilet using its shutoff valve. However, the fastest way to cut the water is to lift the tank’s lid and lift up the float ball—its refill mechanism—until water stops flowing.

Arrow Plumbing, Inc. has been successfully fixing plumbing problems in Libertyville, IL for almost 20 years. Our experienced and caring staff strives to take care of our customers as if they are family. Contact us at (847) 984-3258 to learn more about how we can you with your plumbing emergency. We provide a wide range of services such as plumbing and sump pump repair, and flooded basement solutions.