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It’s always scary when you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, and here are some tips to keep your Salt Lake City home safe when catastrophe arises!
When you find yourself in the midst of a plumbing emergency, your mindset and decision-making will be absolutely crucial in terms of properly managing the situation. This is because handling your emergency scenario will largely be on you, until one of our Master Plumbers promptly arrives to your property.
Salt Lake City homes are particularly prone to plumbing emergencies due to the rapid fluctuations in our weather patterns (among many other factors), so all Northern Utah residents need to be thoroughly prepared for potential plumbing disasters to arise.
Just like all emergencies, it’s important to stay calm and maintain your self-awareness when you’re handling situations like plumbing emergencies. Below we’ll be detailing what exactly constitutes as a plumbing emergency, and what you should do in these scenarios!
What Exactly Constitutes A Plumbing Emergency?
Sometimes it can be tough to recognize whether or not your ongoing situation truly constitutes as a plumbing emergency, because if you can get by for a day or two without plumbing assistance, then it’s likely something you can call in for a more conventional appointment.
However, it’s safe to say that a lot of situations require immediate professional attention, and some of these common situations include the following:
- Damaged pipes
- Severely clogged drains
- Gas leaks
- No hot water
- Water heater leaks
- Pipe bursts
- Garbage disposal clogs
- Sewer system backups
- And a lot more!
Whenever you’re experiencing a high risk of water or structural damages to your Northern Utah home, it’s important to not second-guess the severity of your plumbing problem. It’s also important to remember that temporarily moving out of your home while the emergency plumbing repairs are taking place may be necessary, depending upon how at-risk the emergency puts you and your family.
What You Should Do When You’re In A Plumbing Emergency Scenario
Nearly every Salt Lake City household eventually goes through plumbing emergencies at some point in time, and although these plumbing situations can be overwhelming, it’s absolutely necessary to remain calm and go through the below steps:
Contact Beehive Plumbing
When there are flooding signs in your home or any other emergency warning signs, it’s important to remember that everything is going to be just fine.
Go online or give us a call, and our emergency plumbing experts will get to your house as quickly as possible. This is why it’s so important to keep our contact information readily available in your phone’s contacts!
Beehive Plumbing is known throughout Salt Lake City for providing the very best emergency plumbing services, and we always have multiple specialists on call throughout the entire region so someone is close by when you need us.
Turn Off Your Home’s Entire Water Supply
You’ll first need to shut off any water valves adjacent to where the plumbing issues are coming from. For example, you’ll need to find a corresponding valve when you’re experiencing an overflowing toilet.
When the issue is coming from a larger home appliance, you’ll need to locate the inlet valves and close them off to eliminate any excess water coming into the appliance.
This will help save you time and avoid damages as you wait for professional support to arrive.
Turn Your Water Heater Off
If your plumbing emergency may potentially impact your home’s water heater, then it’ll always be best to turn it off at the same time you turn off your main water valve.
This strategy is important because it helps you avoid water heater damages while waiting for your plumbing team to arrive. And if you have a gas water heater, you’ll need to shut your gas line off prior to turning your water heater off.
If your plumbing emergency involves water leaks, you should then try to find where the leak is originating from (after turning your water supply and water heater off). You can even temporarily fix the leak with duct tape and reduce water damages as you wait for our plumbing team to arrive. Rags, old socks and towels can also help temporarily seal leaks in these situations as well.
If there just so happens to be multiple leaks, you’ll need to locate them to the best of your ability. This can help your emergency plumber address the leaks a lot faster once they make it to your home.
Open Up Your Faucets
It’s important to remember that there still might be some water within your pipes after shutting off your main water line. This is why it’s also a good idea to open up your faucets and allow them to get rid of this excess water.
This includes your outside spigots, because turning these on can go a long way to remove water from your system and potentially avoid damages!
Contact Beehive Plumbing When Your Salt Lake City Home Needs An Emergency Plumber!
Beehive Plumbing has been one of the top emergency plumbing providers in Salt Lake City for over 20 years, and we always have several Master Plumbers on call throughout the entire region to help you when you need us most.
Reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to speak with our team today and let us know what’s currently going on at your home!