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Steps to Take in a Plumbing Emergency

an old pipe with a pinhole leakIf you need to improve your water pressure, would like to look into upgrading your faucet, or are wondering how a water treatment system would benefit you, then all you’d need to do is set up an appointment with a plumber. Quality plumbing contractors will have time available and will be more than happy to make this a convenient experience for you.

But what if you have an emergency with your pipes, drains, or plumbing fixtures? Then you need someone to show up fast. You may also need to take some steps on your own to prevent property damage and damage to your plumbing system. We’re here for your reliable Durham, NC emergency plumbing services, and to provide some advice on steps you should take when an emergency hits.

First, Shut Off Your Water!

Chances are, you already did this if you see water gushing from your pipes into your home. But other signs, such as a sudden drop in water pressure, may not lead you to action right away, though it should. Shut off your water as soon as you can. Some outlets have their own shut off valve—for instance if you have an under-the-sink leak you can turn it off right at the source. However, you may not be sure of where the leak is coming from, you might just notice signs of a leak.

A sudden drop in water pressure like we just mentioned is one of those signs, but so is the sound of rushing water under the floors or behind walls, warm spots on the floor (you could have a slab leak), or wet or dark spots on your walls or ceilings. If any of these signs are occurring, be sure to shut off the water to the whole home before calling in a plumber. The main water shut-off valve is likely located near the meter.

Clean the Mess as Best You Can

When there’s water all over your floors and/or your walls, you need to get it cleaned up quickly. You might be able to prevent the worst of mold growth and other severe property damage this way. Water damage restoration can cost a decent amount of money, so you want to prevent as much water damage as possible.

Put down towels and buckets in case there is additional leakage, and do as much cleaning as you can to save yourself some stress later on. If you’re worried about a health risk due to water damage and standing water after a massive leak, you may want to discuss this with your plumber and see what the next best step to take is.

One last thing you should do while you wait for your professional plumber to arrive is assess the damage and research your insurance policy. Not all policies cover flooding or leaks they determine were preventable. But it’s important for you to know what they will pay for and whether they require you to seek out quotes and get an expert opinion.

At One Call Plumbing, we are “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.” Contact us today for anything from emergency services to setting up a plumbing maintenance appointment.

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