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How to Mitigate Loss from a Plumbing Emergency

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The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a plumbing problem—they’re often messy, they’re inconvenient, and they can lead to significant property damage. Of course, it’s not possible to prevent all emergencies, so if you have an emergency of the plumbing variety, it’s important to have a professional plumber you can call right away. You have that with our team!

Many homeowners don’t actually know what “qualifies” as a plumbing emergency, and think they’re left to solve the problem on their own. This is rarely the case, we’re always here for your plumbing emergency. But there are things you can do to mitigate significant damage or inconvenience until we can get to your home. Read on to learn more!

The Overflowing Toilet

This can be quite a messy and even unhygienic problem. In most cases, the toilet will stop overflowing on its own if you don’t try flushing it again—trust us, if it overflowed, don’t try flushing it again!—and you can mitigate the issue by soaking up as much water as possible with towels. If it keeps going, however, the best thing you can do is use the water shut off behind the toilet itself, or the main water shut off to your home, while you wait for help to arrive.

The Clogged Sink

Truthfully, this isn’t always an emergency. Sometimes it can be a very superficial clog, and all you’ll need to remove it is a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.” But in some cases, if the clog is really bad and you have dirty, backed up water in your sink or bathtub, you need a plumber right away. Again, the best thing you can do until we get there is shut the water off.

The Blocked Sewer Line

Have you noticed multiple drains are backed up and there’s a foul odor wafting through and around your home? This is, unfortunately, a sign that you have a backed-up sewer line. The main sewer line is one of the most important components of your plumbing system, so you want to have it resolved by one of our pros right away. In the meantime, we urge you and your family to not flush any toilets in your home or deal with too much food waste until we get there.

The Pipe Leak

We all fear the dreaded gushing pipe spreading water across the kitchen floor. Truth be told, leaks are usually much more subtle than that, and you won’t often notice it until you see water dripping onto the floor out from the cabinet under your sink. Unfortunately, this means the leak has been going on for a while and may have caused damage. It’s best to avoid using that particular sink or plumbing appliance that caused the issue until help arrives.

Don’t Wait

Whatever your plumbing issue is, the best thing you can do is call the pros right away. Waiting on a problem and assuming it’s not an emergency can lead to bigger problems and wasted dollars. Don’t leave your plumbing issues to chance!

For reliable emergency plumbing services, contact AW Heating & Cooling—“Your Comfort Specialists.”

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