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How to Act in a Plumbing Emergency


Oh, no! Is that a burst pipe I hear?

Unfortunately for us, no matter how hard we try to take care of our house and our plumbing systems, an emergency can strike at any moment. It always seems that these emergencies happen at the worst times, too. However, there is no need to fear when you encounter a burst pipe and backup, follow these tips and call your plumber right away to manage your situation.

The first step that you should take is to turn off your water. While this may seem obvious, it is important to know beforehand so you can properly seal off your supply when an emergency plumbing repair is needed. You may not even need to turn off the entire supply, just turn the valve if one is available. This will stop excess water from impacting your home.

Next, it’s time to minimize potential damage. With water leaking out into your home, your electrical devices and appliances could be exposed. To avoid a short-circuit, fire, or damaged device, make sure to flip the switch on those devices. This will save you money from collateral water damage. It is important in this step, too, to clean what you can. This will help prevent slip and fall injuries for your family which could cost you even more!

Remember the next step, it is not always wise to fix it yourself and you should call a plumber like the pros at Shakley Mechanical. It may be tempting to tinker with your pipes, but you may end up causing more damage or not notice an underlying problem with your plumbing system. To save money and avoid repeat repairs, make sure to go with an experienced plumber like these ones, today!


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