Emergency Plumbing: What to Do Before the Pros Arrive | Best Home Services

When a plumbing emergency strikes, the situation can quickly escalate into a stressful and potentially costly ordeal. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a severe leak, or an overflowing toilet, knowing how to respond before help arrives will help keep everything under control and prevent further damage. 

Our team at Best Home Services is here to help, providing you with all the info you need to handle these incidents. Let’s go over the steps you can take while we’re headed your way. 

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  1. Turn Off the Water Supply

The first and possibly the most time-sensitive step in any plumbing emergency is to stop the flow of water. Everyone in your home should know where your main water shut-off valve is and turn it off immediately. 

To be prepared in case of an emergency, everyone in the household should know where the water shut-off is located. 

In any home, this valve is typically found in the basement, garage, or outside near the foundation. Shutting off the water supply helps prevent further water damage to your home and belongings.

  1. Assess the Situation Safely

Once the water has been turned off, assess the situation carefully without putting yourself in danger. Avoid areas with standing water as there may be a risk of electrical shock. If your water heater is causing trouble, turn off all power to the unit to prevent damage or injury. 

Identifying the exact source of the problem will also be greatly helpful to know, so our plumbers can get straight to work.

  1. Minimize Water Damage

After shutting off the water, take steps to minimize water damage. Use towels, buckets, and mops to clean up any standing water. Move furniture, rugs, and valuables to a dry area to reduce water exposure. If the leak is accessible like under a sink or coming from the ceiling or a wall, place a bucket underneath to keep it contained. 

While mitigating the damage is important, do not get anywhere near black water or sewage.

  1. Open Drains and Spigots

With the main water supply off, open any outdoor spigots and drains to divert water away from your home. This can help drain any remaining water in the pipes and reduce pressure within your plumbing system. You can also open your faucets from your sinks throughout the home, but most importantly the faucets closest to the situation at hand. 

  1. Document the Damage

Before the pros arrive, take some time to document the damage for insurance purposes. Take photos and videos of the affected areas and any damage to your property. This documentation will be crucial for insurance claims and to provide a clear record of the initial state of the incident for the plumbing service.


Best Home Services: Here When You Need Us Most

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, but with Best Home Services on your side, you’re never alone. Our team of expert plumbers is ready to respond swiftly to your emergency, offering reliable repairs and peace of mind. Remember, taking the right steps before we arrive can make a significant difference in the outcome of a plumbing emergency.

For emergency plumbing services or more tips on handling unexpected plumbing issues, contact Best Home Services. We’re dedicated to ensuring your home remains safe and comfortable, no matter what plumbing challenges you face.

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