Emergency plumbing situations can happen at any time. When they do happen, it’s always wise to contact a professional plumber in Birmingham, AL right away. If you’re stumped about what to do next after calling Cole Plumbing, worry not. Here are a few things you can (and should) do while waiting for our pros to take care of the problem.
1. Shut Off the Main Water Valve
In the event of a burst pipe, you’ll need to shut off the main water valves to avoid further water damage. Water damage creates the ideal environment for mold and bacteria growth. So to avoid structural damage and the health risks that come with it, the first thing that needs to be done after making a call to your preferred plumbing company is to shut off the main water valve.
Knowing where your main water valve is located before an emergency plumbing issue happens would be ideal, but you can usually find the valve around where the water main enters your home, or near the water heater.
2. Pay Attention to the Water Heater
Before a professional arrives to carry out the plumbing repairs, check your water heater and turn it off in the event of an emergency to avoid damaging it. This helps the water heater avoid welling up too much heat and overheating. If there’s a gas heater in your home, turn the gas off first.
3. Take Care of the Small Leaks
Even small leaks can cause a significant amount of damage to your home and personal belongings. Taking care of these leaks can help you keep water damage at bay. Gather some rags, towels, and buckets and mop up any water pooling around the pipes or areas where the water is leaking. Once the technicians arrive to provide plumbing services, inform them of the location of the leak even if it has already stopped prior.
Count on Cole Plumbing
You can count on us for any plumbing emergency you might encounter. Contact us and we’ll help get the issue under control.