The last thing you want to do if you discover a leak is ignore it. Even what might appear to be a small leak can result in significant damage if water is allowed to soak underneath your walls and floors for a prolonged amount of time. Here are four steps you can take to prevent a plumbing annoyance from turning into a plumbing emergency!
1. Shut Off The Source
The first step is to turn off the water to the damaged pipe or plumbing fixture. If you can’t turn off the water to just that fixture, go ahead and turn off the water main — here’s a great video that walks you through the process. We also recommend turning off your water heater for good measure if you end up shutting off the water main.
2. Assess The Situation
Do some detective work to find how exactly where the water is coming from, the size of the leak, and the condition of the pipe, fixture, or toilet. This will help you determine if it’s a major problem or a smaller maintenance issue — just keep in mind that the leak could possibly be the result of a larger issue elsewhere in the line. Also, take the time to clean up any standing water so it doesn’t have a chance to soak into your floors.
3. Notify Your Water Company
Depending on what you uncover during your investigation, your plumbing issue might be the result of a blocked sewer or damaged main waterline. Make sure to contact your water company if you suspect this is the case.
4. Contact A Plumber
The experts at Best Plumbing are available 24/7 to help you with your plumbing situation! You can visit our blog and Youtube channel for useful tips on how to do small repairs yourself or schedule an appointment if you feel your plumbing needs a professional opinion. Our Best Plumbing team has proudly served the greater Seattle area for over 40 years!
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