When you have leaky or burst pipes, give us a call so we can sort out your plumbing emergency as quickly as possible. We can be reached 24/7, so our emergency plumbing service can get your system up and running again after a disaster strikes.

Here are a few things you can do before we arrive that may minimize damage:

Turn Off Your Water

Your plumbing system is probably the most overworked system in your home. Eventually, it will need attention. So, do you know where your main water valve is? This is usually a large valve where the water connects to the main line in your home (probably under the outdoor spigot). Turn it clockwise. The more quickly you can turn off the water source during an emergency, the better. It’s especially important to shut off the main valve if you have a pipe broken or leaking in a ceiling or wall, because you may not even be aware of which hidden pipe is causing the issue!

If you know that the leaking is coming from a particular toilet or appliance, find its nearby shut off valve on its supply line.

Shut Off Water Heater

Your home may or may not have multiple water heaters. Take these steps to shut them down:

  • Turn off the gas to a gas heater or shut off the electric for an electric unit.
  • WaterHeaterMasters.com suggests that you, “Twist the handle on the water supply shut off valve clockwise until it stops. This valve is typically located on top of the water heater, on the right side cold line.”
  • Connect a garden hose to the water heater, place that near the drain, and open the drain faucet.

Open Spigots and Drains

Too much pressure in your plumbing system is an issue when you have a burst or leaky pipe. That pressure needs to be drained out before it causes several more burst or leaky pipes. Open up drains, and then open faucets — and even an outdoor spigot — to let the remaining water out.

Know what to do in a plumbing emergency! When you’re in need of an emergency plumbing service, you can minimize damage by: turning off your water; shutting off the water heater; and opening spigots and drains to clear out excess pressure. These extra steps may save your home from mold growth, even more major water damage, and a huge insurance claim. Call Crowfoot Home Services today.

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