When water starts shooting out of your pipes or is flowing freely out of the toilet bowl, you’ve got to act fast. While 24-hour plumbers are available and services for 24-hour water removal in Overland Park, allowing the water to continue to flow while you wait for help to arrive is not the best plan. The more water gets out and the longer it sits, the worse the damage will be. Here are tips for what you can do to mitigate the damage in three of the most common home water emergencies:
We’ll start here because this one can be rough. Sewage spills are no fun. If your toilet is overflowing, the first thing to do is shut off the water valve at the back of the commode. It should stop the flow of water and keep things from getting worse. If this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance the backup is caused by a problem farther down the line in the septic system or sewer pipes. If you’re on a septic system, make sure there’s no water running anywhere in your home – no washing machines, showers, dishwashers, or anything. Any water trying to flow into the septic tank will be blocked and flow right back out again.
Don’t handle sewage spills without utilizing PPE. Gloves, boots, and maybe even a mask are important to protect yourself from biohazards. Keep kids and pets away.
When pipes break, water can start spewing out fast and hard. Freezing is a common cause of burst pipes, and these breaks can happen inside walls, making them a challenge to locate, but it’s important to act fast as it takes mere seconds to flood a space from a broken pipe. The water then moves quickly along the path of least resistance through cracks in the floors and ceilings. It would be best if you acted quickly to stop the water by turning off the nearest shut-off valve. If the break is in the wall and you can’t find the valve, turn off the main water valve to the house. (Pro tip: locate the water main before there’s a flood. You’ll be glad you know where it is if your pipes break in the middle of the night.)
Broken Water Heater
When your water heater springs a leak, significant water damage follows. First, turn off the water valves to the unit and possibly the house to stop water from flowing. The other important consideration in this emergency is the potential for gas leaks. If you smell gas or feel at all uneasy, call the fire department and get out of the house until they arrive.
Your Job: Stop the Water
To sum up, your main job in the event of a plumbing emergency is to stop the flow of the water as quickly as you possibly can. Then call your plumber and a professional water removal service to make repairs and remove the water. Emergency Mitigation Services provides 24-hour water removal in Overland Park. Call us day or night for help during any water-related emergency. A quick response mitigates the damage, so act fast.