What To Do During A Plumbing Emergency
If you’ve ever returned home after a weekend away, only to find that a pipe has burst or a leak got out of hand, you know what running into a true plumbing emergency can feel like. Plumbing emergencies include everything from a fixture that isn’t functioning correctly, to a strong and steady leak. No matter what type of emergency you are facing, Flatley’s Plumbing Express is here to help. Even with expert plumbers on speed-dial, it’s important to know what to do while you’re waiting for us to arrive. Here are the most important steps to take after you notice a plumbing emergency.
Shut Off Your Home’s Water Supply
Every homeowner should make a point to learn where their home’s main water shutoff valve is located. Water main controls are usually found near your water meter. Find your main water valve, and shut off the flow of water to prevent further damage to your belongings and home. Every moment water is leaking in your home is an opportunity for additional damage to your home, as well as an increased potential for harmful mold growth. If your leak is isolated to one fixture (such as your toilet or kitchen faucet), turn off the water to that one fixture, if possible.
Check for Additional Damage
Before you rush to call a Flatley’s Plumbing Express, evaluate the extent of the problem and check for additional damage. What may initially appear to be a localized problem with your home’s plumbing, might be a bigger issue. The more information we receive regarding your situation, the better prepared we will be to help you and remedy the problem. It’s also wise to take inventory of damage if you’ll be contacting your home insurance provider as well.
Call the Water Company
Sometimes plumbing emergencies don’t start in your home, and the water company may be at fault. A blocked sewer main, for example, might not be your responsibility to repair but still leaves you unable to use your home’s plumbing. If you think the source of the problem might be the responsibility of the water company, give them a call and see if they’ll send a plumber to check out the damage.
Call Flatley’s Plumbing Express
Once you’ve had an opportunity to evaluate the extent of the damage to your home and the plumbing problem, give us a call! Flatley’s Plumbing Express is here to help with your plumbing emergencies, no matter the day or time. The more information you can provide us, the better. We want to provide you with outstanding service and quickly restore your plumbing to working order.
At Flatley’s Plumbing Express, we have a team of licensed, insured, and bonded plumbers who can come to your Chicago area home and deal with the situation at hand. We’ve been serving the Chicagoland area for nearly 60 years, working to earn the trust and business of our neighbors. Give us a call today–We do it for less, and don’t leave a mess!