Are you prepared for a plumbing emergency?

Plumber is repairing a leaky drain in bathroom

Among the messiest things that can go wrong in your house is a plumbing emergency. Mishaps can cause damage to your valuables and be costly if you have to rearrange schedules and finances for last minute solutions. There are a few things that you can prepare for, that will really make a huge difference if and when anything goes wrong. Knowing where the water shut-off valves in your house, how to call, and efficient steps to take while waiting for the professionals will save you stress and preserve your home.

First of all, keep the phone number handy, stuck to you refrigerator or bulletin board or in you cell phone contacts. Santa Cruz Plumbing has emergency response 24 hours a day The faster you call, the sooner help will arrive. Call (831) 425-1131.

Being prepared with a few tools will enable you to resolve some immediate issues while waiting for the pros to arrive. For drains and leaks keep on hand a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a plunger. Familiarize yourself with your home and where the shut-off valves are for all sinks, appliances, toilets, and outdoor spigots. Normally they are found beneath the fixture. Although, in some cases, the shut-off valve may be located in the basement of a crawl space, depending upon the design of your home or business. For this reason, it is important to know where they are located to avoid further surprises in an urgent situation. Hence, you will be able to stop the flow of water to malfunctioning areas.

Some of the typical fixtures and shut off valves are as follows:

Main Hot Water
You should obviously know where your water heater is, as well as the valve to shut off the water to it. If the water heater is the source of the problem, you should also turn off the gas supply to the water heater. This will prevent the temperature of the water heater to rise to dangerous levels, thereby adding protection to your home.

Commonly a ribbed, oval handle, the toilet shut-off valve is usually found behind the toilet, underneath the toilet tank.

Sink shut-off valves are generally located under the sink inside the cabinet or vanity. The one on the right usually controls the cold water and the one on the left controls the hot water.

The dishwasher shut-off valve is usually under the kitchen sink. Check the hot water sink supply line for a shut-off valve leading to the dishwasher.

Clothes Washer
The valves for the washing machine are typically found where the house supply lines meet the washer hoses.

In conclusion, try to identify the source of the problem or excess water while on the phone with the plumber. If you are able to locate it, then just turn off that valve. Otherwise, know where the main shut-off valve for the house is, and turn off the entire system. If that is the case, you can open an outdoor valve to drain the remaining water in the lines outside, thereby saving the interior any further damage. If there is a leaking pipe, you can place a bucket underneath, begin mopping, and you can wrap the pipe with absorbent towels. The objective is to get rid of the excess water as quick as possible, before further damage occurs to your house or workplace.

For more information or if you're experiencing a plumbing emergency, contact Santa Cruz Plumbing at (831) 425-1131.

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