What are the keys to surviving an emergency plumbing situation? Well, we like to think that proper maintenance and planning will make it so that you can prevent such a situation from ever happening in the first place. Certainly it would be wonderful if you could prevent emergencies from happening to you. That might not be realistic, however. Here are some keys to surviving a plumbing emergency.
Know how to shut off the main water valve in your home. Spend time one day figuring out where exactly it is and inform everyone in your household where it is in case you don’t happen to be there when the emergency happens. If you live in a home, this tends to be in the basement, or it could be in a closet on your first floor. Those are the two main places where it might be. It is possible that it is outside the home as well. Wherever it is, make sure you know exactly how to locate it when the emergency happens, so you can shut it off and prevent the emergency from going into full disaster mode.
Have an emergency plumber in mind before you ever face such a situation. Not all plumbers are available at all hours, and certainly there are very few who can actually respond to you and come out in an emergency when it happens. The best thing to do is to have someone in mind in case such a situation ever arises.
Those are the two most important things. You need to act cool under pressure. When an emergency strikes, make sure you can turn off the main water valve and have your plumbing contact on speed dial or easily accessible. That’s the best way to survive an emergency.