A Round-up of Common Plumbing Emergencies and Some Short-term Reactions

Two words that strike terror into the hearts of any homeowner are “plumbing emergency.” These fateful words don’t have to mean disaster, though. With a little bit of foresight and quick reaction time, the most common plumbing emergencies can be dealt with quickly and easily, while averting the catastrophic results that could otherwise occur.

For many common plumbing emergencies, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. If you’ve just moved into a new home, one of the first things you should do is to find the main shut-off valve for the water supply, so you will be prepared when a plumbing problem arises. Whether you have an overflowing toilet, a dripping sink faucet, or a malfunctioning washing machine, you will need to shut off the water supply before you can address the problem.

It’s also important to know where the electrical breaker panel is located, in the event of a water leak from an electric-powered water heater. The leak will cause the tank to drain out, so if the heating element is still operating, it can burn out and require an expensive replacement.

Of all the common plumbing emergencies a homeowner can face, an overflowing toilet can be the most frustrating. The rising water and impending overflow can cause panic, but catastrophe can be averted with some quick thinking. Turn on the cold water in the sink or bathtub and this can slow down the flow of water enough to prevent it from reaching the rim of the toilet. If you’re quick on your feet, go ahead and close the valve to the toilet.

With these tips in mind, the worst consequences of common plumbing emergencies can be avoided or at least alleviated. After taking measures to minimize the damage, it’s time to bring in a professional to check out your problem.

The experts at Roth Heating & Cooling can help out in the aftermath of a plumbing disaster and provide advice to prevent it from happening again. For more information, please contact us. We have been serving Portland and the Willamette Valley since 1976.