Tips To Deal With Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies are stressful by definition – having water, gas, or waste products pour out of your home is never a pleasant experience! Some steps can be taken to reduce the amount of stress you experience in an emergency situation

You should always ask yourself: “Is anyone in immediate danger of injury?” This question is not relevant in most plumbing situations, but you should still consider it (especially if electricity or gas are involved). If you believe that someone is in danger, take the necessary steps to keep them safe.

Once you’re sure that there are no injuries, try to isolate the leak at the source. Gas leaks will usually stop if you turn off the gas at its source – the gas meter. You can usually find the gas meter on the side or back of the home. To turn it 90 degrees, simply turn the small handle or lever. Water leaks can be stopped by shutting off your main water supply. You will find this at the front or back of your home/unit. To close it, turn the tap clockwise. The cistern tap, located usually below the toilet cistern can be turned off to stop leaks.