Walking into a flooded living room can feel surreal. Almost like you’re reliving the Titanic all over again in your home. As unsettling as this may be, you need not panic when you find out that a burst pipe is responsible for this crisis.
Before you scream mayday, here are a few tips for you to help manage the situation in time for one of our trusty plumbers from Captain Plumber to swoop in and save the day!
Cut Off Water Supply
The first thing you should do the minute you notice water pooling around your home unnecessarily is to turn off the water mains. You can take it a step further and turn off the electricity mains to avoid accidental electrocution from water splashing or pooling around electrical circuits. Better to be safe than sorry!
Drain Those Faucets!
After turning off the water mains, the next thing to do is empty your faucets. Start by opening up your taps so the remaining cold water in the pipes can flow out. This way, you won’t have to worry about frozen pipes if this happened during winter! Next, switch off your water heater and open up the taps to release all the remaining hot water.
Find The Culprit!
You might need your detective skills for this, but if you’re able to locate the leaking pipe(s), it’d make addressing the issue much easier when the plumber comes around. You’d need to be careful, especially if you’re unsure how long the leakage has been so you don’t end up falling through soaked floorboards. Start methodically from room to room and look for telltale signs of peeling paints and water-stained ceiling boards.
Call For Professional Help
If you’ve done the above steps – even if you couldn’t locate the leaking pipe – the next thing to do is to call in the cavalry! Putting a call through to any of the staff at Captain Plumber is as easy as 123! Our licensed and experienced plumbers are always at your beck and call, no matter the situation. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other plumbing service that offers you quality services at affordable rates the way we do at Captain Plumber!
Clean Up The Mess
After the leaking pipe has been found and plugged, damage control is all that remains to be done. The first step is to salvage what you can, especially important documents and heirlooms. The next step is to mop dry every wet area. Open up your windows and turn on your fans to speed up the drying process. It’s also a good idea to treat affected areas with anti-mold disinfectants to prevent a mold outbreak.
Taking care of your plumbing needs – whether it’s a leaking pipe or a clogged drain – will always be a breeze with Captain Plumber on the job. Give us a call today and have one of our awesome staff visit and inspect your home.