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Plumbing Emergencies: What You Need to Know

Planning and preparation is the key to handling plumbing emergencies and minimizing potential damage. Incidents such as water leaks, sewer back up or a burst pipe can quickly turn into a costly disaster. Having a plan in place with steps to take is essential when facing these plumbing emergencies. In this article we’ll discuss and guide you through preparing for these emergencies, that will enable you to confidently handle these incidents and minimize the damage

Know location of Main Water Shut-Off Valve

Water valve
The first and most important is knowing the location of your main water shut-off valve. This valve controls the water flow to your entire house, and being able to quickly shut it off can help prevent further damage in case of a major leak or burst pipe. Know its location and ensure all members of the household know how to shut off the valve. 

Keep Essential Tools Available

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Having the right tools available during a plumbing emergency can make a significant difference. Keep a toolbox available,  with tools that include a pipe wrench, adjustable pliers, Teflon tape, and a plunger. These tools will allow you to address minor repairs or temporarily fix until a professional plumber arrives.

Act Quickly to Reduce risk of water damage

Closeup of a tap with running water
Quickly responding  is critical to minimize water damage. Immediately shut off the main water main valve. Then, turn on the faucets to drain any remaining water from the pipes. This will relieve pressure and reduce the amount of water remaining in the pipes that can cause damage.

Contact a Professional Plumbing Service

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While you may be able to temporarily fix some plumbing problems, it’s important to have a  licensed plumbing service examine the issue as soon as possible. Licensed Plumbing experts have the skills, experience, and equipment to handle emergencies effectively to remove further risk of water damage.

Take Safety Precautions

Isolated LP Gas Container
During a plumbing emergency, it’s important to consider safety and the safety of your family members. If there’s standing water, avoid contact with it to prevent electrical hazards. Additionally, if you smell gas or suspect a gas leak, evacuate the premises immediately and contact the appropriate authorities.

Document the Damage for Insurance

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In the unfortunate event of significant damage to your property, it’s important to document the damage for insurance purposes. Take photographs and videos of the affected areas, including areas with signs of water damage or structural issues.  These pictures and videos will help ensure you receive the appropriate compensation.

The Bottom Line: Stay Prepared for Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can be stressful and disrupt your family. However, with preparation you can protect your home and reduce the damage caused by the plumbing emergency. 


  • Know the location of your water main shut off valveKeep a few tools available for a temporary fix
  • Look out and stay away from standing water or gas leaks that may pose a threat to you and your family
  • Document all water damage to help with the insurance claim
  • Reach out to a trusted licensed plumber that can provide a repair that is up to your local code. This will ensure it’s fixed safely and correctly. 

By following these recommendations, you’ll be equipped to handle unexpected challenges and reduce risks of water damage. Stay prepared, stay calm, and remember that licensed professional help is just a phone call away