It’s happened to most of us: you come home after a long day at work to find that a pipe has burst, resulting in a flooded bathroom. Or maybe one of your toilets is clogged, and your attempts to fix it are only making it worse. You need a plumber, and you need one fast!
Fortunately, Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning has emergency services to help you out in a bind. While you wait for us to get there, here are some things you can do to help the clean-up go smoothly:
You don’t have to be a plumbing expert to take these steps:
Whatever the problem, this is the very first step you should take in a plumbing emergency. If you’re unsure where the main shut-off valve is, make sure to turn off the valve that is closest to where the leak is located. This will reduce the amount of water flow in your pipes and help prevent any further damage. The more water lost, the higher the water bill can be.
There can still be water in the lines even after the valve is turned off. Simply turn on all the faucets until they stop running. This allows the water to drain from the pipes, making it easier for your plumber to work.
“Standing water” refers to water that pools on the floor. Left alone for a certain time, it can cause serious damage, so it’s important to clean that up right away. Not only can it destroy your furniture, walls, or flooring, but it’s also a breeding ground for mold.
Move all furniture and electronics out of the way to avoid further damage or electrocution. Grab some old towels and a wet vacuum if you have one, or a mop and bucket. If you have a portable fan, set one up by the spill and turn it on high to start drying it out. It will also help to open windows.
Regarding electronic appliances, you will definitely want to have them inspected before you use them again. They may appear to be fine on the outside, but if any water gets inside, it can be dangerous to use them again. Your plumber can recommend whether you need a certified electrician to come out and inspect your fuse box for water damage.
Most insurance companies will cover the expense of water damage in your home. It will help your case if you document the incident by taking lots of pictures and detailed notes of what happened, which can be presented to your insurance agent.
Accidents happen, fortunately, Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning is here to help. Our professional technicians have served the plumbing needs of residents in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties for 40 years and counting.
Our emergency plumbing hotline is open from Monday through Saturday, 8am – 7pm, and can be reached at 1-833-470-2880. For non-emergency plumbing issues, or to inquire about our drain and sewer maintenance, contact us online.