Do you know how to handle things if a pipe bursts in your home? Have you recently moved out on your own, and this is the kind of thing that your parents always dealt with? Nobody is born knowing how to handle emergency situations. Learning what to do is the first step to ensuring that you're able to do everything correctly, should the need arise. Right now, some things that you should do or think about doing soon include:
Locate shut-off valves: When it comes to emergency plumbing issues, time is of the essence. Every minute that a burst pipe is allowed to leak can mean gallons of water flooding into your home that will need to be cleaned up later. It's extremely important to locate the shut-off valve or valves for your home and to know which way to turn them to turn the water off to your home or to the fixture in question. If the valve/knob is sticky or is broken, you should have a plumber come out to repair or replace the valve in question. Being unable to shut off the water when necessary is something that could result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage.
Investigate plumbers: If you're standing ankle-deep in water, this is going to be the worst time to be trying to find someone to handle your emergency plumbing situation. Not all plumbers handle emergencies, and some plumbers only focus on one fixture; for instance, some plumbers only fix water heaters or boiler systems. Because of this, it's a good idea to have the information for at least two or three plumbers on hand at all times. If one is unavailable or can't handle the work that needs to be done, you can simply pick one of the other choices without having to frantically search for a new plumber.
Consider cleanup: Look at your home and imagine what supplies you might need to clean up if someone were to suddenly dump a bathtub's worth of water in a random location. With some homes, all you may need is a mop and a pile of towels. With other homes, you might want to have a wet/dry vacuum on hand to deal with any emergency plumbing situations. However, if a pipe bursts in the attic or in the walls, it's also important not to use any electricity until the damage can be assessed by an electrician in addition to a plumber.
For more information on how to handle an emergency plumbing problem, contact a company like Windy City Rooter Inc.