It is staggering, the amount of water the average household loses to leaks. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you need to remedy the problem as soon as you can before it causes further damage. Our professionals are there to help you during your plumbing crisis. We’ve provided this list of quick fixes for plumbing emergencies so you can rest a little easier while you’re waiting for a professional to come by and make the necessary repairs.
1. Shutting Off the Water Valves
There is a main valve that controls the water for the whole house, and there are valves that control individual taps in your house. Depending on the severity of the leak, you can turn off the main water valve or a single water valve. It’s also a good idea to shut off the water heater if you are having a problem with hot water. Make sure you closely follow the instructions provided with your heater.
Did you know that you can use plungers in your sink and bathtub, too? If a clog is causing the problem, a plunger should do the trick. For sinks and tubs, a flat-bottomed plunger would be best. For toilets, use a plunger with a flange at the bottom to create a vacuum strong enough to release the blockage.
3. Taping Pipes
Tape is surprisingly effective in a plumbing emergency. Using duct tape or Teflon tape to stop a leaking or cracked pipe can stave off the imminent flood until the pipe can be repaired or replaced.
4. Thawing Frozen Pipes
Using a hair dryer or a space heater for about 15 minutes is surprisingly effective at thawing pipes. Never leave the heater unsupervised, and don’t use it on the pipe for too long. Leave the water valves turned on so thawed water can flow out.
You don’t have to let the problem get worse while waiting for assistance. Instead, you can try these plumbing emergency suggestions from our staff at Robert B. Payne, Inc. to stop the plumbing emergency from becoming a catastrophe. Call (540) 373-5876 to get advice from one of our Fredericksburg plumbers.