Coming home to a broken pipe or, worse, a flooded house is not only shocking, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. With any plumbing related emergency, the most important thing is to act quickly before the problem becomes worse or sitting water is left to create major damage. Here are 4 ways to react after a plumbing emergency in your Las Vegas home.
Shut It Off
As soon as you have discovered that there is a plumbing emergency in your home, first try to stop or control the problem by shutting off the water if possible. If it is a big problem with broken pipes and larger amounts of running water, you’ll need to go out to the main water shut-off valve to turn the water off to the entire house. The shut-off valve should be located next to your water meter outside the house. For something like an overflowed toilet, simply turn the knob on the wall located behind it in order to shut off water to the toilet. If it’s something like a sink or bathtub faucet that was left on, turn the faucet off to avoid further problems.
Professional, licensed plumbers are the best equipped to handle any sort of plumbing emergency. Be sure to call for emergency plumbing services, regardless of the time of day or night, to provide yourself with the best opportunity for minimizing the effects. At Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC, & Plumbing we understand that plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, which is why our team of expert plumbers is available 24 hours a day to provide emergency plumbing service in Las Vegas whenever you need us. Depending on the information you are able to provide us, we will also be able to give you some tips on actions to take while we get there.
Clean What You Can
While you wait for a Silver State plumber to arrive, do what you can to keep items dry and remove as much excess water as possible. You might start by removing any items that have gotten wet or are sitting in water. The quicker you move these items, the better chance you have at avoiding water damage. Other steps you may take include draining water from sinks or tubs when possible and opening doors or windows to help speed up evaporation. The best way to start cleaning is to simply pull out your mops, buckets, rags and paper towels. Whatever you can do to soak up, dry up, and clear out water will help to prevent even further damage.
Water damage in a home can be a large, costly, and devastating problem. It can have long-term effects on damaged plumbing and fixtures, but it can also ruin carpets, flooring, dry wall, insulation, furniture, personal belongings, appliances and anything else that is not quickly removed from the water. Lingering water, moisture, and dampness could also lead to mold growth in your home and affect the respiratory health of you and those you love. To avoid the potential for such costly problems, be sure to act quickly. Whether it’s shutting off water valves or calling a plumber, just make sure that you do not procrastinate on a plumbing emergency.
Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing
4535 Copper Sage Street Las Vegas, NV 89115