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Tips for a Plumbing Emergency

Posted on: November 9, 2017

If you own your home long enough, chances are you will eventually encounter a plumbing emergency. Factors such as the quality of materials and installation, weather, age, and more can affect the integrity of pipes and fixtures. Routine plumbing inspections can help identify small issues before they develop in to an emergency situation, but knowing what to do when disaster strikes is the key to minimizing the damage to your home and property.

For 24-hour emergency plumbing services in Anne Arundel County, call the experts at Pohlman Plumbing at (410) 764-5626. 

Emergency Plumbing Tips

Prevent lasting damage and take control of the situation with the following tips for handling a plumbing emergency.

Turn Off the Water

If the leak is coming from a sink or toilet, stop the flow of water by turning the supply valve clockwise (it will be located beneath the basin or behind the toilet). If you can’t find it or turning it off doesn’t solve the problem, turn off the water at the main valve that supplies your entire home, which should be located in close proximity to the water meter. Once you’ve shut off the main valve, head outside and open up any exterior spigots to direct water remaining in your pipes outside of your home, rather than towards the leak.

If the leak is coming from your water heater, turn off the cold water supply found above the hot water tank, or if you are unable to close the valve, turn off the water at the main supply. For a gas heater, locate the gas valve and turn it off; if the unit is electric, turn off the power at the breaker.

Assess the Situation

Gather as much information as you can before calling for emergency plumbing service, including the extent of the damage and source of the leak, and be prepared to explain what you have done to try to remedy the situation.

Call a Professional

The certified, licensed experts at Pohlman Plumbing offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service to homeowners in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Prince George’s Counties. Call us anytime at (410) 764-5626.

Clear Clogged Pipes

With the water supply turned off, you can try using a plunger to clear the drain in your sink or toilet. For best results, move the plunger rhythmically 15 to 20 times to build and then release the pressure in the pipe.

Remove Standing Water

Mold and mildew can begin to form in as little as 24 hours, so it’s imperative that you begin your cleanup as soon as possible. Use old towels, a mop and bucket, or a wet/dry vac to clear the area, and once you are done, provide ventilation to start the drying process.

Take Photos

In the event you need to make an insurance claim, pictures can provide proof of damage and cause.

Common Plumbing Emergencies

Some plumbing issues are annoying but not emergencies. These listed below require immediate attention:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking water heater
  • Clogged drains that don’t respond to plunging
  • Sewage odors from a faucet or leak
  • Gas leak—NOTE: If you suspect a gas leak evacuate your home immediately and call Pohlman Plumbing for emergency service.

24-Hour Emergency Plumbing Service in the Baltimore Area

Call the experts at Pohlman Plumbing for fast, reliable emergency plumbing service at (410) 764-5626, or contact us online to schedule service.

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