What to Do in Plumbing Emergencies

Have you ever tried to flush the toilet, and instead the water started rising? Cut to a couple seconds later, and the liquid might be overflowing from your fixture onto the floor. This is a prime example of a plumbing emergency you can experience. Here's what do in a bad plumbing situation so that your home doesn't get damaged:

If your pipe bursts ...

If you have a pipe that bursts, shut off your water immediately. This will stop the flow and prevent any further damage. Now, it's time to assess the harm. Move your furniture, and either throw anything out that's damage or let it dry. Use a sump pump, wet-dry vacuum, dehumidifier or a fan to drain the water and dry out the area. Then, call a professional plumber to mend the fixture so you can get your water back up and running as soon as possible!

If your toilet is overflowing ...

Once you start to see the liquid in your toilet rise, be sure to turn off the water supply. Usually, this is placed near the bottom side of the bowl. Next, put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from bacteria. Remove any excess water in the brim of the bowl using a cup. If there are any foreign objects visible, fish them out. If the clog still persists, call a plumber to take a look.

If you water is scalding ...

When it comes to showering, everyone wants their ideal temperature. So if your water isn't right, it could really mess up your daily activities. If that's the case, turn off the gas or electric to the water heater. Then, open all of the hot water faucets to relieve the water heater. Let the water run out of the faucets until it flows cold. Then, call a professional plumber to inspect your water heater's thermostat and pressure relief valve.

If your garbage disposal is jammed ...

This is an easy one: Try hitting the reset button. That should do the trick. If not, have a Roto-Rooter plumber head out to inspect and fix the unit.

As always if you ever find yourself in a plumbing emergency over your head, call your local Roto-Rooter today!


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