What to do After a Plumbing Emergency

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A sponge or wet/dry vacuum makes quick work of water removal

A plumbing emergency is an unfortunate circumstance most homeowners face from time to time. Regardless if it is related to a backed up or over flowing toilet, leaking sink drain or busted water supply line, after the repairs are complete, you still have work to do to head off potential damage to your home. Most plumbing emergencies involve water, and since water carries the potential to wreak havoc on your flooring, walls and baseboards, inviting mold and mildew growth, it would be wise to dry out these areas as soon as possible. In addition, there are certain things your plumber should do after repairs are complete to ensure your water is up to standards.

Flush the Lines
During a plumbing repair, especially those related to your water supply lines, rust, scale or sediment that, over time, can build up in the lines, become dislodged or break loose. This is especially true when replacing an old water heater with a new, energy-efficient model. The unhealthy particles linger inside the lines and work their way to your tap, and eventually into your glass. Any plumber worth his or her salt should, as a final step, flush all of your water lines to remove these contaminates from your plumbing system.

Inspect the Repairs
After the repairs are complete, your plumber will inspect said repairs to verify that everything is in working order. However, for your benefit, you should keep an eye on the repairs for several days to ensure the repairs were successful. Even the most experienced plumbers make mistakes from time to time or face a problem, despite their best efforts, that recurs after several days. You should monitor the repaired plumbing for several days or even a week, especially water-related repairs inside your home, to head off additional home damage that could occur if the repairs did not take and go undiscovered.

Prevent Additional Damage
Water from leaking supply lines, sinks, or drains inside of your home is not a good thing. Not only will it lead to expensive home repairs such as damaged flooring, walls and baseboard, but also create an unhealthy environment should mold and mildew develop. If you experience a major plumbing emergency inside of your home, you should take the necessary steps to dry out the area. First, after turning off the main water supply valve, quickly remove as much of the water as you can from the applicable areas. A wet or dry vacuum and sponges work best. Next, direct the flow from a fan onto the wet areas to speed up drying times. If the water has penetrated flooring and seeped into walls, you might consider renting or purchasing a dehumidifier to dry out the areas you cannot reach.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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