Perhaps you’re a new homeowner with a theoretical question. Or perhaps you’re struggling with a plumbing problem, and you’re wondering whether to schedule a repair in the future or call for emergency plumbing service right away.
This can be a challenge for most people to navigate because plumbing can seem pretty mysterious. After all, most of it is hidden away behind your walls or under your floors! When you have a plumbing problem, how do you decide if it qualifies as an actual emergency?
First, we would encourage you to err on the side of caution. Plumbing problems, especially leaks, can cause serious water damage if not addressed properly. If you aren’t sure whether you need emergency plumbing in Orlando, please reach out. We’re happy to answer your questions.
In the meantime, here’s some information to help with identifying emergencies and taking the first steps to address them.
First, You Should Know Where Your Shut-Off Valve Is
We’ll be mentioning this valve repeatedly, and it’s best if you find it before there’s an emergency so you’ll be able to access it easily when you need to. This valve is on an indoor wall of your home. If you’re on a town or city water system, it should be on the wall that faces the street. If you use well water, it will be where the well water enters the home, so look on the side of your house nearest the well. The location will be noted on the property inspection report from your home purchase, so check there if you’re having trouble finding it. If all else fails, reach out to a member of our team, and we can provide some guidance.
If you have a sudden burst or break, or something overflows, you’ve probably already realized it’s an emergency. If the fixture has a shutoff valve, shut it off. You can also shut off the main water supply valve to the house. Call for emergency plumbing right away. Spend the time before your plumber arrives soaking up the water as best you can to prevent it from soaking in and damaging your subfloor.
This is not as common in Florida as it is in other parts of the country, but any time there are freezing winter temperatures, it’s possible for pipes to freeze, and for frozen pipes to burst. The first clue that pipes may have frozen is decreased or completely stopped waterflow. If this happens during a cold snap, frozen pipes could be the culprit. Do not heat the pipes to try to resolve this. This might burst the pipe right away. You need the help of a professional in emergency plumbing services.
Water Not Running
If you turn on a faucet or shower and absolutely no water comes out, a plumbing emergency might be the first thing that crosses your mind. But we have good news for you: this might not mean you need a plumber. It’s possible that your main shut-off valve was accidentally closed, so check that first. If the valve is open, contact your town’s water department, or ask your neighbors if they’re having the same problem. Perhaps there’s been a break in a water main or some other municipal water issue. If these steps don’t reveal the source of the problem, you’ll know that you do actually need emergency plumbing services.
Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to find out more.
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