Pipe and water line leaks, as well as plumbing fixture leaks - are the
water damage claims that homeowners will likely experience. They happen without warning,
to old and new homes.
Simply knowing what to do can greatly minimize costly water damage repairs and frustration. There are a few tips anyone can accomplish with the right method and a few basic tools.
To keep you prepared, here is a list of Emergency Plumbing Tips:
Emergency Plumbing Tips
- Shut off valve location. Know where your home's main water shut off valve is located. If your home is on a city water supply, the shut off valve is typically located close to your water meter, or an exterior access point near the crawl space. In nearly all plumbing emergencies, you will need to shut off the water supply.
- Bathroom & Kitchen faucets. If there is a leaky faucet in a bathroom or kitchen, you can find its shut off valve under a vanity or cabinet. A shut off valve for a bathtub, however, may be located behind an access panel on the wall behind the faucet. Depending on the location of the leak, you may only have to turn off the hot or cold water supply.
- A leaking or dripping faucet should be repaired as soon as possible since even small drips add significantly to a home's water bill. Whether you plan to repair the faucet yourself or call a plumber, the water supply to the sink or tub should be turned off as soon as the leak is noticed.
- If your washing machine continues running although the basket is completely filled, shut off one or both of the water supply valves on the hoses behind the washer. Usually they are visible, but sometimes can be located behind an access panel in the wall. (In case of any water damage problems with a washing machine, turn off the washer and shut off the circuit breaker to prevent any electricity from reaching the machine.)
More info? For more information, check out the 3 Best Practices to Prevent Property Water Flood Damage.