Emergency Plumbing Problems & What To Do!

What to Do If the Main Water Shutoff Valve Breaks?

In order to prevent your main shutoff valve from breaking, you want to get an idea of how much pressure should be applied to turn it off. However, in the event you do break it, you want to figure out how to handle the water flowing freely on your property. You’ll then need to call your city’s water department and inform them of this plumbing emergency so that they can turn off the water supply at the curve valve.

What to Do If You Smell Unpleasant Sewer Fumes?

If you smell sewer fumes, get a bucket to catch any water, turn off your faucets, and remove the traps. If there is no water, the dry pipes could be the cause of that unpleasant smell. Refill the sink traps by running some water. If there is a floor drain in your basement, replenish the house trap by pouring water down this drain.


What to Do When You Drop Something Valuable Into Your Sink?

When something valuable falls down the drain, the first thing you want to do is turn off running water. Stopping the flow of water prevents the object from continuing down the drain, then all you have to do is remove the trap beneath the sink, and use a bucket to catch your valuable item along with any water in the trap.

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What to Do If Your Faucet Bursts?

If your faucet bursts, and you don’t have a shutoff valve at the actual fixture, you want to go outside to the main shutoff. This is also the best course of action so that no more problems arise while dealing with the plumbing emergency at hand. You can call a local plumber to replace the faucet, or with the aid of a quick internet search and how-to, you can replace the faucet yourself.

What to Do When the Toilet Overflows?

If your toilet is overflowing, do not flush the toilet again. Use a bucket to bail out about half the water in the toilet. Depending on the item preventing the toilet from flushing properly, you can use a plunger or a snake auger to dislodge it. Use a plunger if it should be in the toilet; use a snake auger if you need to remove something that should not be in the toilet.

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