You should familiarize yourself with the things you should do in the midst of plumbing emergencies and/or other plumbing issues. This way, you can act quickly and appropriately when something happens with the plumbing around your house. Here is a short guide to dealing with some of the more common plumbing emergencies you may face:
Important – Keep the phone number of a 24/7 emergency plumber handy at all times, so you know right where it is if you need it.
Learn where your water shut offs are: It's important to learn where all of the water shut off valves are around your property. This way, if you find yourself dealing with a leak or another emergency plumbing issue, you can turn the water off for that part of the house until you can get the plumber to come out and fix the issue. If you have a leaking toilet, you only need to shut off the water to the toilet. However, if you have a big leak somewhere, then you want to shut off the main water valve.
Stop a small leak temporarily: If you have a very small leak, then you want to control it on your own until the plumber comes out, so you don't have to go with the water off. You may be able to control a very small leak by temporarily shutting off the water, drying the pipe off and wrapping plumber's tape around the pipe tightly. Turn the water back on and make sure the plumber's tape is working. You still want to have a plumber come out as soon as possible because the plumber's tape is only a very temporary fix and won't last for very long.
Deal with water heater issues: If you turn on your hot water only to find that it is too hot, then you want to check the water heater and make sure that the temperature didn't somehow get turned up more than it should be. If it is set too high, turn it back down. However, if this isn't the issue, then the water heater may have over-heated. If this is the case, you want to turn off the water heater and call a plumber to come out right away. Don't turn it back on until it has been looked at by a professional.
Deal with frozen pipes: If the outside temperature has been below freezing and you go to turn the water on only to find it doesn't come out of the faucet, then it is highly likely that your pipes are frozen. If this is the case, you want to get a plumber right out to thaw the pipes properly. If they aren't thawed in the right manner, then they can burst, and this means bad plumbing problems for you.
Contact a company like Adept Plumbing Inc for more information and assistance.