Many homeowners are unfamiliar with a procedure in emergency plumbing situations. To you avoid panicking during your next emergency, here’s some ways to handle a plumbing malfunction:
- If the pipes burst. You can prevent water from flowing out of the hole if you close the main shutoff valve in your home. This will stop the water supply to your home’s fixtures, subsequently stopping the flood.
- If the pipes freeze. Seal off the main shutoff valve in your home to prevent the frozen pipe from splitting. Turn on the faucet and let the water flow at a constant slow drip.
- If the main water line has broken. If the main water line breaks or clogs, contact a plumber immediately. Don’t risk the damaged water line causing a rise in pressure, leading to flooding in your home’s foundation.
- If the fixture is leaking. A slow drip can quickly lead to more serious issues. First things first, find the shutoff valve for the leaky fixture. Then check the tap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles. These are common causes of overflow in pipes.
- If the water heater is failing. A deficient water heater might be because of a problem with the gas line or electrical connections. It makes it difficult to bathe, cook, or clean without a working water heater.
- If the drain and/or toilet is blocked. This probably the most common plumbing problem. A toilet overflow can be fixed by grabbing a plunger or a drain snake. If the problem continues, then call a professional.
If you suspect a leak in your home, or if you’d like to schedule preventative maintenance on your plumbing in Fort Worth, TX, Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing can give you a hand! Contact us at (817) 589-1678.