Let’s face it: the worst kind of emergency is a plumbing emergency. The worst part about these emergencies is that they can happen any time. Although it may not be too pleasant to think about, it is important that you know what to do when faced with any plumbing emergency. Whether it is flooding in your basement or your sink stops working, there are tips and tricks you can arm yourself with to face any kind of plumbing emergency you may come across.
First Things First
Whatever your plumbing emergency, there are a few things you should do in any instance before you get started on the specifics. Be sure you close your water shut off valve to stop the flow of water heading to your home. This will prevent further water damage. Next, turn on all the faucets in your home to empty your pipes of any extra water. This can also divert excess water away from leaky areas in your pipes. Choose a plumber like Mahon Plumbing with an emergency phone number and call to explain your emergency. While you wait for your plumber, prepare yourself with a mop and a lot of towels to clean up any mess.
Though each emergency can have its own uniques aspects, there are a few common plumbing emergencies that every person is bound to come across in their lifetime. Perhaps the most common is the clogged drain; this includes shower drains, sink drains, and toilets. Keep a drain plunger without the flange and a toilet plunger with the flange in your bathroom at all times. These are good at breaking up physical blockages in your pipes. For more dense clogs, make sure you have a drain snake or hand auger handy.
Overflowing toilets are never pleasant and are definitely qualified as a plumbing emergency. First and foremost, turn off the water valve that is directly connected to the toilet. This is behind the toilet, against the wall. It is most prudent to call you plumber for help if turning off the water valve does not fix this problem.
Water heaters are also another huge source of problems when it comes to plumbing emergencies. If your water heater is leaking, making strange noises, or not working altogether, make sure you turn it off. Do not attempt to fix you water heater alone. A professional plumber should handle all water heater emergencies.
Call Mahon Plumbing in an Emergency
For all your plumbing emergencies, Mahon Plumbing can help. We have been serving Baltimore since 1994 and offer services for both commercial and residential properties. Our employees are ready to handle anything! Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Baltimore at 410-766-8566 or in Pasadena at 410-636-7944. For tips, tricks, and to see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.