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When You Have a Plumbing Leak Overnight or In Emergency State

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by admin

There is never a good time for a plumbing leak, but it is even worse if a plumbing leak occurs overnight or in an emergency state. The best thing that you can do to deal with an emergency plumbing leak is to be prepared. A little knowledge about your home and its plumbing system can help you to cope with a plumbing leak until a professional plumber can arrive to fix the problem.

  • First of all, you and everyone who lives in your home should know where the shutoff valves are located. Each individual fixture, like sinks and toilets, have their own shutoff valve. The shutoff valve to a sink is usually located underneath the sink (inside the vanity cabinet, if there is one). The shutoff valve for the toilet is usually located below the toilet tank on the pipe that runs into the wall. For large appliances, like your clothes washing machine and your hot water heater, the shutoff valve is usually located behind the appliance, and low to the ground.
  • In addition, there is a main water shutoff valve that turns off the water flow to the entire house. This is often located near the water meter, which is usually outside, on the side of the house. The main shutoff valve might also be located in your basement or under a floor access panel (often located inside a closet). Take some time to familiarize yourself with the location of these valves so that you are prepared to use them in the event of an emergency.
  • If a plumbing leak occurs, determine whether it is located to a specific area or fixture. If the leak is isolated to the kitchen sink, for example, you can just turn off the shutoff valve to the kitchen sink. If the leak covers a larger area or you don’t know where the leak is located, it is best to turn off the main shutoff valve to the house. This will prevent water from continue to flow and cause damage to your home.
  • If you turn off the main water shutoff valve to the house, you must take steps to care for your hot water heater and prevent overheating. You can do this by turning off the circuit breaker and the gas line to the hot water heater. Shutting off the main water shut-off valve without turning off the power to the water heater can cause serious damage to your water heater.
  • Sometimes, a plumbing emergency is not a water leak, but frozen pipes. If you have frozen pipes in your home, you can thaw them slowly and carefully by using a hair dryer. It is very important that you thaw the pipe slowly so that it doesn’t burst. Never use a torch to thaw frozen pipes. You can prevent frozen pipes by wrapping pipes that are located outdoors or in a crawl space with heat tape. Also, make sure that outdoor pipes and faucets are drained completely.

If you have an overnight plumbing emergency, call Orange County Plumbing. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address your plumbing emergency. With Orange County Plumbing, you never have to wait until Monday or even until morning to have your plumbing emergency repaired. We know that plumbing emergencies can strike at any time, and we don’t want your house to suffer unnecessary damage because the problem wasn’t addressed quickly enough.

If you experience a plumbing leak, first turn off your water shut-off valve. Then call Orange County Plumbing. We will take it from there.

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