Plumbing emergencies don’t care about pandemics. They happen unexpectedly. Pipes burst, toilets back up, sewers get clogged with no regard for how desperate we are to avoid unnecessary contact.
No matter how many precautions we are taking, how hard we are trying to keep a physical distance of six feet from everyone, there may come a day when we just won’t have a choice and would need to let a plumber inside our house.
Plumbing problems and emergencies can range from trivial inconveniences to potentially dangerous situations that can put you, your loved ones, your pets, and even your entire house at risk. Consequently, it’s vital to know how to both handle emergencies on your own and when to call for help of professional plumbers, especially in this age of total lockdown and self-isolation.
The following are a few conditions and strategies to apply in order to minimize loss and disruption of your daily life.
Prevent emergencies by not flushing Kleenex or wet wipes
Since a lot of people are staying home, the sewer systems get backed up all over the country because people are flushing wet wipes, Kleenex and any possible alternative for toilet paper (TP) one can only imagine. Never flush anything except TP or human waste down the toilet drain or you’ll have to call the plumber eventually. It would be unwise to cause the plumbing emergency of this kind under present circumstances with Covid-19.
The most important reasons that cause flooding inside your house are natural disasters or extremely bad weather conditions. But pretty often flooding can happen due to internal plumbing issues such as burst water pipes, failure of control valves or clogging of sewer lines, etc.
First of all, do not panic and try to be calm. Whenever you encounter unexpected flooding in your house due to plumbing problems, it is better to always reach a professional plumbing company to get complete control of the situation. This must be your number one priority while dealing with the plumbing emergency in order to reduce loss to your home as well as problems faced by you and your family. At Pomona Valley Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning our plumbers have vast experience in dealing with plumbing emergencies of this kind.
Bursting or Leaking Pipes
In case of bursting or leaking pipes you can take the following steps:
- Turn off your home’s main water valve. You should know where your home’s water shut-off valve is located and how to operate it. If you don’t know its location, find out today. Shutting off all home water supply during an emergency can save your health and prevent catastrophic damage.
- Use duct tape or pipe sealing tape to temporarily seal cracks in the pipes, especially if for some reason you couldn’t turn off the main water supply. However, don’t rely on it for long. Make an appointment with a proven plumbing company asap to replace the damaged section of the pipe.
- Use towels and rags to soak up leaks or puddles. Water can be extremely dangerous to every aspect of your home. If left there to evaporate, it will find its way into various places, which can lead to mold growth, ruined carpet, and weakened floors and drywall. A Wet-Dry vacuum can also become helpful in removing standing water.
- Take pictures and notes of how the plumbing emergency occurred. It’s important for both insurance purposes and professional plumbing purposes to have detailed information concerning the status of your home after a plumbing emergency.
Plumbing is a complex business, and even routine repairs often need the professional touch. In case of plumbing emergencies, it is vital to have the expertise of a top plumbing company.
Contact Pomona Valley Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning today to request a plumbing quote, or schedule a plumbing appointment. And don’t forget to ask about precautions while calling. Will the plumbers be using hand sanitizers? Do employees get paid sick days? Have employees become familiar with CDC guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19? With our company you can be sure that we are taking this seriously and take all the necessary precautions before arriving to your home.