Precautions For Water Leaks
Hot and cold running water is convenient and greatly appreciated by civilized human beings. However, a leak can happen just as quickly as the water runs from the tap when you turn on a faucet. Here are a few precautions you can do while waiting for a plumber and why it is important to make the water leak repairs.
Relax So You Can Think Rationally
The leak already happened, the water is spilling everywhere, but the important thing to do first is size up the situation and isolate the possible cause. There are a few things you can do to stop more damage and further harm.
Shut Off The Water Supply
Under each sink and commode in your home is a water shut off valve. Directions for operation are usually printed or manufactured into the knobs or handles to help you get it correct the first time. Use a flashlight to help read the short instructions and follow them exactly as shown.
Minimize Damage And Clean Up The Mess
The amount of water that leaked isn't as important now as it is to get it up off the floor before it causes permanent damage. Get a mop, some old rags, or even sponges and paper towels to soak up the excess liquid. At this point, the water poses a greater safety risk than anything else by making the floor slick.
Leaks Under The House
If the leak is under the house, there is a different type of water shutoff valve. In more recently built homes, this one has a Wing Nut looking handle, with instructions embossed near it. Again, use a flash light to read which direction to turn the handle and do not force it past where it naturally stops.
Call A Professional Plumber
Now it is safe to call a plumber and briefly describe your situation and what you did to stop matters from getting worse. Keep in mind that plumbers are unable to materialize out of thin air and allow them travel time depending on traffic patterns. They do know how inconvenient life is without incoming controlled tap water.
In an ideal world, all of us would adhere to a household maintenance schedule and replace aging parts with new ones before they cause a repair issue. In the meantime, the best we can do is be calm, shut off incoming water, secure safety to the home and call a professional plumber to the rescue.
Is there a pesky leak troubling you? Call Plumbing Brothers & Rooter today at (855) 375-5700 for quick and effective plumbing services in the Sherman Oaks area.