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Avoiding Costly Plumbing Emergencies

If you've been a homeowner for any length of time, then you know that a plumbing emergency can happen any time, and generally when you least expect. Fittings fail, pipes burst or get damaged, and sometimes there's simply no indicator that some plumbing fixture is about to fail.

Be Aware of Potential Plumbing Problems

Every homeowner should be aware of potential plumbing problems that could occur in their home. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you know what to do in the event of a water or plumbing emergency in your home? Do you know where the water main is and how to operate the shutoff valve? How prepared are you if a plumbing emergency were to suddenly occur in your home? Two in the afternoon is manageable, but how about 2 in the morning? Do you still know what to do if a pipe in your basement bursts? How about when you're away on vacation for two weeks?

Fix Broken Pipes Quickly

Broken pipes have the potential to create a catastrophic situation in your home. If a burst pipe happens in the basement of your home, at least the water damage will be contained to the lowest points in your house. If, however, a pipe bursts on the main level of your house, you could quickly have damages ranging in the tens of thousands of dollars or more. This is the exact type of plumbing emergency that requires fast action on your part by locating and turning off the main water valve, as well as getting a licensed, bonded plumber to assess and fix the problem immediately.

Turn off Water Quickly in a Plumbing Emergency

If you are experiencing other plumbing-related situations in your home such as a clogged bathroom drain, overflowing toilet, or an exterior leak, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water, either directly to the device or even the water main. Turing off the water before the plumber arrives can limit the damage caused to your home. It can also help reduce the costs the plumbing contractor will charge you.

Have a Plumber's Phone Number on Hand

If you find yourself in dire need of a professional plumber, then it's a very good idea to make plans ahead of time. This includes finding the name and phone number of a local plumbing contractor who makes emergency house calls 24 hours a day. The last thing you want to be doing while standing ankle-deep in water is looking through the yellow pages for emergency plumbing services. Be certain to have all this information ready and at your disposal. Programming it into your cell phone is a great idea. However homeowners should be aware that not all plumbers are available around the clock and for emergency situations. Some plumbers work only during regular business hours. Be prepared.

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