How To Handle a Plumbing Emergency

How to handle a plumbing emergency featured image featuring a man with an umbrella inside his house during a flooding emergency
As unfortunate as it is, plumbing emergencies seem to happen at the least convenient times. For example, have you ever come home after a vacation to find your main water line burst and your entire home flooded? No? Well, it’s happened to thousands of people. The crux of the matter is, plumbing emergencies aren’t fun, and they strike when you least expect it.

However, that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. There are several things that you can do to help both prevent and handle any plumbing emergency you come across. After you read through this guide, you’ll be a Scott English Plumbing, Inc. educated plumbing emergency superhero! Let’s get started!

Step 1 – Be Prepared

If you are facing a life-threatening plumbing emergency, then stop reading this post and call 911 immediately!

Step one is best handled before any plumbing emergency strikes. However, we decided to list it as step one for consistency.

To make sure you’re prepared for a plumbing emergency, make sure you have the following items on hand:

  • First aid kit
  • Bucket(s)
  • Plunger(s)
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Role of plastic (to seal areas)
  • Empty sandbags (to fill with sand and prevent floods from spreading)

Step 2 – Remain Calm and Shut Off Your Main Water Supply

Just like with any other type of emergency, the very first thing you should do when faced with a plumbing emergency is to remain calm. The last thing you want to do is panic. Take a few deep breaths, look around, assess the situation, and then it’s time to get to work.

Once you’ve made sure that you’re as calm as you can be in such a situation, it’s time to shut off the main water supply to your entire home or business. To do so, head outside and find your shutoff valve. You can usually find your main water supply shut off valve somewhere around the perimeter of the side of your building facing the street. After you’ve found the valve, shut it off, and continue to step three.

Step 3 – Get a Handle on Any Potential Hazards

Once you’ve got the main water supply entirely shut off, it’s time to address any potential hazards. First, take care of your family and pest. Make sure to get them away from any flooded area and out of the house if necessary. Then, you’ll typically need to turn off the power to any area affected by flooding. Remember, water and electricity are good buddies, and when they party, everyone loses. Other potential hazards include things like sewage exposure and contact with other dangerous substances like heavy metals and asbestos.

If your plumbing emergency is due to flooding problems, then seal off any area where you and your family must remain until emergency services arrive. To do so, fill your empty sandbags with dirt or sand to use as a barrier. You can also use your roll of plastic and duct tape to aid in sealing areas with lower water pressure.

After you’ve got you and your family away from any potential plumbing emergency hazards, it’s time to move on to step four.

Step 4 – Contact Scott English Plumbing, Inc. for Help

STOP if you are facing a life-threatening plumbing emergency and call 911 immediately!

If your plumbing emergency is not life-threatening, then contact the Scott English Plumbing, Inc. emergency plumbers. The faster you get your plumbing crisis taken care of, the less likely it’ll turn into an even worse plumbing problem. We’re standing by to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.