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Plumbing Emergency? Shut Your Water Off!

Hopefully, you have never been in the predicament of deciding to make an emergency call to a plumber.  If you have, however, you may have asked yourself, “Do I really need a plumber right now?”  The team at Flat Rate Home Services, a 24 hour emergency plumbing, heating and cooling company servicing Milwaukee and the surrounding area, offers some helpful tips to help you decide.

“The most important thing to remember when you have a plumbing emergency is that time is of the essence.  Due to the sudden onset, emergencies tend to throw people off guard.  Stay calm and follow some simple guidelines.  And don’t hesitate to call; acting quickly can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in unnecessary damage.”  Ryan Gumieny, Vice President of Flat Rate Home Services

Flat Rate Home Services says the first, and most important, step you shoplimbing emergencyuld take to help minimize damage before calling the plumber is to simply turn your main water valve off.  This applies to most plumbing related emergencies such as:

Water Heater Leaks:  Water heaters hold 40-60 gallons of water at temperatures of 125 degrees or higher.  Small leaks can damage personal items, but can also cause much larger problems including structural damage to the foundation.  If your water heater has a minimal leak or is spraying and flooding, shut your water off.

Burst Pipes:  Water from burst pipes can seep into cracks and crevices causing decay.  If left too long, mold and mildew will grow and can be detrimental to the health of you and your family.  If you hear running water, see water marks on walls or ceilings, or see a leak from a faucet or toilet, shut your water off.

Frozen Pipes:  If a pipe freezes, shut your water valve.  Pipes may burst or crack when frozen.  There are many ways to try to thaw a pipe on your own, however even if the pipe isn’t cracked, you may still want to call a plumber to assess the situation.

“When deciding to call an emergency plumber, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.  The #1 rule for plumbing emergencies is to close the main water valve, but then what?  You can’t simply go without water.  Sometimes even the handiest of people can fail at troubleshooting.  Calling in an expert not only takes the burden off your shoulders, but you can rest easy knowing the problem was handled by a professional”, says Ryan.