How to Minimize Damage: Six Essential Steps to Take During a Plumbing Emergency

Posted on February 26, 2024
A man with a worried and surprised look on his face. Standing inside a kitchen  on his cellphone and holding a metal bowl appearing to catch water leaking from above him.

Dealing with a plumbing emergency can be a real headache. But knowing what to do before the plumber arrives can make a big difference in minimizing damage and de-escalating the situation.

Here are six things you should do while the plumber is on the way:

Clear the area

Remove any objects, furniture, or items obstructing access to the affected plumbing fixtures. This will allow the plumber to get to work immediately to fix the problem.

Shut off the water supply

Locate the main water shut-off valve and turn it off to stop water flow to the affected areas. This step is crucial in preventing further water damage. In most homes, the main water valve is near the water meter, usually near the front of your property.

Turn off the electricity

If the plumbing emergency involves electrical appliances or outlets near water, switch off the electricity from the fuse box to reduce the risk of electrical shock.

Open faucets

Open all the faucets in your home to relieve pressure in the plumbing system and help drain excess water – this includes flushing toilets and running outside spigots.

Contain the leak

If the source of the leak is evident, take steps to contain it using pipe clamps, towels, or plumber’s tape. This can help minimize damage until the plumber arrives.

Ventilate the area

Plumbing emergencies often lead to foul odors and moisture buildup. Ventilating the area by opening windows and using fans to force airflow can help prevent mold and mildew growth.

The best way to reduce the risk of plumbing emergencies is with regular maintenance and inspections of your plumbing system. Don’t wait for an emergency to schedule an appointment – give us a call today and let us take care of your plumbing needs.

The Raider Rooter team is always available, so drop our contact information into your phone: 866-6RAIDER. We’ve been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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