The wait for a plumber to get to your home when you have a plumbing emergency can seem like it's taking an eternity, even when the plumbers are moving as fast as they can. Rather than wait, you can take some vital steps to keep your home in as good a shape as possible given the problem. Plumbing emergencies can obviously be contained to small areas; for example, if your toddler has stopped up a toilet with toys, that's not going to affect your ability to use your washing machine. But in other cases, the plumbing problem has wider effects and implications, and you should use the waiting time to address those.
Turn off the Valve
You've got a broken faucet that won't stop running, but it's running into the sink and not flooding anything. Should you leave it running so that the plumber can see the problem first hand? No -- get under that sink and turn off the water at the valve. If the valve turns out to be broken (this can happen), you need to turn off the water at the main valve to the house. Do this for two reasons:
- You need to conserve water, even if you aren't in a drought-stricken area. Clean drinking water isn't something to waste.
- The volume of water pouring into the sink could increase as the problem gets worse, or the drain could suddenly start to clog up if the water flow rate becomes too great for the drain to handle.
Mop up What You Can
If there has been flooding, take the time to mop everything up. Remove soaked rugs and broken materials (e.g., from a broken shower door), if there are any, and try to get the floor clean. This helps reduce the chances of mildew or mold problems, though you'll still need to get an industrial fan in to dry everything out and possibly contact a water damage restoration company.
Make Other Plumbing Off-Limits
If the problem isn't a flood but a clog, such as in a shared drain in a condo complex, you need to make all your plumbing fixtures off-limits to others in the building. Once water goes down one drain and hits the clog in the main pipe, that water's going to back up into all your other drains, and possibly other residents' drains as well. Warn your neighbors and leave notes if you know that some are home or are going to arrive home before the plumber can arrive.
Plumbers treat emergency calls seriously and try to arrive as quickly as possible. If you're not sure what other steps you can take, the plumbing company will let you know when you arrange for them to come over. To learn more, contact a company like VINES PLUMBING & WATER RESTORATION.