How To Deal With Emergency Plumbing.
Every homeowner or renter should be prepared to deal with emergency plumbing situations. People who are at a loss on how to act in the wake of such an emergency most often worsen the situation. When you know exactly what to do to protect your home from the damage which can come from such circumstances, you will not suffer a lot of loss. You should be able to remain calm no matter how bad the situation is. You will be able to think straight on the next step to take if you are calm.
The first action you should take is to turn off the water supply at the main valve to avoid further damage by water. In case the bathroom or kitchen sinks are flooded, turn off their water supplies and do not forget the toilet too because the flooding can cause more havoc. After you are satisfied that there is no more water getting to the house, control spillage of the water to other areas using an absorbent cloth. You can make use of materials which can absorb a lot of water to ensure there is no more spread to other rooms. If there are electrical outlets or devices nearby, make sure they are turned off too. Ensure the central heating system is turned off to avoid overheating problems which result from attempts to fix the emergency.
There are people who have the habit of pouring chemicals into the pipes so as to unblock them. Besides corroding the piping network, you will cause poisoning of the entire water supply through the use of chemicals. This will require redoing of the entire supply system to get out the corroded pipes as well as the poisoned water which is going to be very expensive.
Once you review the situation and realize that it needs to be handled by an expert, do not hesitate to call them in. Even though you have never dealt with an emergency before, it is good to keep contacts of every possible person you can call in the face of a disaster to avoid wasting more time searching for the contacts after the disaster has already struck. Do not settle for having just a single contact because the person you expect to come to your help might be out of reach or engaged somewhere else. If you were with children in the house, move them to safety and ask them not to come out unless you tell them it is safe to do so. They are curious in nature and they will definitely worsen the situation and might get injured in the process. Emergency funds should be saved for use in such circumstances too.