What You Need to Know About Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing Sacramento

Plumbing failures can be very stressful, but there are ways to avoid unnecessary hassles in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency right now or you want to know what to do if something does happen, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Before your home or business suffers from serious water damage, take control of the situation with these important steps.

Find The Individual Shut-off Valve
Most plumbing emergencies will require you to cut off the flow of water to one plumbing fixture in particular. In fact, depending on the affected appliance, it will actually be important to turn off individual valves in order to avoid damaging those appliances. Before you shut off the water supply to your entire house or building, find the shut-off valve for the plumbing fixture that is having problems.

Find The Main Shut-off Valve
Many plumbing emergencies involve a leak of some kind, and if that is the case, it will be important to turn the water supply off as soon as possible. The shutoff valve is usually fairly close to the water meter, so if you know where one is, you should be able to find the other easily. If you’re having trouble locating the valve, check around the outside of your home or business for a small hatch labeled either “water” or “water meter.”

Turn Off the Water
Once you locate the water meter and shut-off valve, you should be able to turn off the water. The valve may require a pipe wrench in order to turn, so prepare for the eventuality by bringing your toolbox with you. When you find the valve, shut off the water supply by turning it clockwise until it stops. This will allow you to take control of the situation before it escalates.

Rapid Rooter Plumbing provides 24/7 emergency plumbing services in Sacramento. If you don’t feel up to the task, call (916) 448-2672 and ask for an emergency plumber as soon as possible.

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