There are many reasons you can find yourself in the middle of a plumbing emergency, including a busted pipe that is causing water to gush all over. A busted pipe can cause a lot of water damage to your home and belongings in a short amount of time if you don't act quickly. You can also find yourself suddenly dealing with a blocked sewer line, a water heater leak, and more. Here is how to handle such emergencies should you find yourself in the middle of one.
Shut off the direct water valves
If you have water gushing from a pipe that is located in one element, such as your kitchen or bathroom sink, then you can turn off the valve that is near that element. This is going to take care of the immediate emergency while leaving you access to water throughout the rest of your home. If you shut off an individual valve and this doesn't work, then you need to go to the main water supply valve.
Get to the main water supply
One problem many homeowners have, especially if they haven't lived in their home long, is not knowing right where their water supply is. This is problematic because you are going to want to run right to that main water supply in a plumbing emergency where you have water spewing everywhere and turn the water off to the house. This will stop the flooding. If you don't already know where your home's main water valve is, then you should locate it soon so you aren't caught off-guard. They are usually in the yard. You may have a second water valve located on the home's exterior, inside your garage, or in your basement.
Shut the water heater off
When you shut the water off to your home, you need to get to the water heater and shut it off as well. The reason for doing this is to protect your water heater from damage due to it suddenly not getting the amount of water that it needs to maintain its proper functioning.
Call the plumber for help as soon as possible.
Now that you have the immediate emergency under control, it is time to call a plumbing company, such as Walt's Plumbing. If you had to shut off the main water supply, let them know this so they can get right out to you as an emergency situation.