Unfortunately, you rarely receive advanced notice that you’re going to have a plumbing emergency in your Macon, GA home. Instead, a broken pipe, damaged faucet, or another source of a water leak generally appears out of nowhere. Since water damage can spread rapidly, it’s important that you take the right steps.
Turn the Water Off
Obviously, everything in your home that uses water has its own handle or knob that can be used to turn the water on and off. However, your home also has a main water shut-off valve that will stop the flow of water from the source. If you think that you have a water leak anywhere in your home, shutting off the water at the leak’s location isn’t enough. Instead, you should turn off the main source of water to your home.
Check Your Water Heater
Turning off your water heater during a water leak can be a good idea, but that largely depends on the severity of the leak. In most cases, you won’t need to turn off the water heater if you have a toilet that won’t shut off. However, if you have a major pipe burst, you should turn off your water heater. This prevents water from building up inside the water heater, which can result in overheating or a line bursting. If your water heater relies on gas, make sure that you turn off the gas before turning off the water heater.
Opening Spigots and Drains
One of the most potentially hazardous aspects of a water leak is that water can build up in and around your home. There will still be water in your home’s waterlines after you have turned off the main water supply. Make sure that all the drains are open, so there isn’t any water pooling up. You should also check all the spigots in and around your home. Go outside and give the garden hose a few squeezes to clear any water out of that line. Be sure you don’t use any chemical drain cleaners as this can cause more damage before the plumber arrives.
Finally, once you’ve done everything you can to stop the flow of water in your home, call us. Our team of professionally licensed plumbers can not only locate your water leak, but they can also get the issue repaired correctly and quickly. Please, don’t try to tackle an emergency plumbing repair on your own. Not only is it unsafe, but you may end up doing even more damage to your home.
While there are certainly steps that you can take in the face of a plumbing emergency, it’s important that you call a professional plumber to handle the repairs. For years, people in and around Macon, GA have trusted A-1 Plumbing for all of their plumbing needs, and you should too. Call us today to find out about all of our plumbing installation and repair services.