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You Have a Plumbing Emergency, Now What?

old rusty pipe with pinhole leakAre you looking to improve your water pressure? Perhaps you want to upgrade your toilet to a low-flow model, or are wondering what your options are for water treatment systems and how one will benefit your household. These are all matters which allow you to call and make an appointment with a plumber at your leisure.

But what if there’s a sudden emergency with your piping, your drains, or any one of your plumbing fixtures? When you’re watching water rush into or onto your property, it becomes pretty obvious that you have an emergency and need someone at your house, fast. There are also steps you should take on your own to prevent property damage and damage to your plumbing system. Our team provides superior professional plumbing in Sterling, VA, but we’d also like to provide you with some tips on what to do right when an emergency hits.

Shut Your Water Off!

Chances are that you already knew this one—especially if you see water gushing from your plumbing system and into your home. But there are other signs that are a bit more subtle and might not lead you to take action right away, even though you should. Should you notice any of the following signs, be sure to shut your water off as soon as you can.

  • A sudden drop in water pressure
  • The sound of rushing water under your flooring or behind walls
  • Warm spots on the floor, which indicate a slab leak
  • Wet or dark spots on the walls or ceilings

If one or more of these signs are occurring, then you should shut off the water to the whole home before calling in a plumber. You can usually find the main water shut-off valve by the water meter. If the leak is localized—for instance, it’s underneath a bathroom sink—then you might be able to shut off the water right at the source.

Clean the Mess to Prevent Property Damage

When there’s water covering your floors or your walls, it’s important to get it cleaned up as best as possible, as fast as possible. You may be able to prevent the worst of mold and mildew growth, and other types of property damage. Water damage restoration can cost you hundreds, and even thousands of dollars, so it makes sense that you’d want to prevent as much water damage as you can.

Lay out towels and buckets for any additional leakage, and clean as best you can in order to save yourself stress later on down the line. Water damage and standing water can pose a health risk. If you’re worried about this, it’s a good idea to discuss the issue with a plumber to see what the next best step is.

One last factor to consider while you wait for your emergency plumber to arrive, is that your insurance policy might not cover flooding or leaks, if they decide they were preventable. Be sure to get an expert opinion from your plumber, and review any paperwork you have in regards to your insurance policy.

AllTech Services, Inc. is your trusted plumbing and HVAC company in the Ashburn area. Contact us today for superior service!

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