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Dealing With Plumbing Emergencies At Home

April 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 118

Many people panic and appear stranded, whenever they are faced with plumbing emergencies, especially at odd hours. In such situations, the most appropriate action is always to call the local plumber. However, this may not be an ideal option if you have a leaking pipe late in the night, or even worse, on a weekend or a public holiday.

There are some corrective measures any homeowner must be conversant with to deal with plumbing emergencies. The very first thing you must be quick in doing is to shut off the water supply. First, shut off the supply of water to specific house units; say the toilets and the water heater. The water supplies to these units have specific valves through which you can use to shut off water supply. Studying the home's plumbing plan is the surest way to understand where these valves are located in the house. One caution though, ensure that the valves you shut off are water's and not gas taps as you may get mixed up and confuse the two.

In you are experiencing a more serious water leak, shut off the whole house's water supply by locating the main valve. In most plumbing plans, the regulator is usually close to the water meter's that is normally installed by the city technicians. It is usually below a concrete rectangular lid by the curb.

Locating the valve may be one thing and getting the access may be another whole different story. This is because some lids are really tough and you may have to get past it using any means possible to access the regulator, which is usually adjacent to your water meter. Sometimes, you may be required to use a tool like a wrench to move the regulator. Keep turning the tap until the water is fully shut off.

All these valve activities are aimed at buying time to avoid waking up a plumber from slumber in the middle of the night. Since you may be in a rush to hire a plumber, chances are high that you may end up with an incompetent person. Once the leaks or blockage is under control, with no water flow in the house, you can then embark on a serious search for competent plumbers to fully rectify the problem and avoid similar occurrences in future.

One common mistake that most homeowners commit is hiring the first plumber they get in contact with. You must weigh the plumber's competence, their qualification, licensing among other factors. It is more appropriate to hire a local one for future plumbing emergencies.

Lee is an experienced and competent writer, especially in business related niches. His articles are opinionated, informative and at times controversial. His honest approach is designed to assist the reader make informed decisions on areas very important to our daily lives.

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