Do you have a plumbing emergency kit in your home? You should. Just like a first aid kit, this kit has the supplies you need in one place to respond to plumbing problems around your home. Luckily, it is a simple kit that includes as much information as it does tools. Find out more about plumbing emergencies, what to store in your kit, and when to call a plumber.
What Is a Plumbing Emergency?
Plumbing emergencies are problems that can cause severe damage to your home if left unchecked. For example, if you have a broken pipe that requires you to shut off the water to your home that is an emergency. You need to restore water supply to your home to use the bathroom, wash your hands, cook, and take a shower. Therefore, until you get the plumbing restored, you cannot have a healthy home.
Don’t think that broken pipes only happen in cold climates in the winter. In places like Southern California, hard water can cause pinhole leaks that grow over time until the pipe breaks. Another cause is aging pipes. If you have galvanized steel pipes in your home, they will only last 20 to 50 years. Homes built from the 1970s through the 1990s may have polybutylene piping. This type of pipe flakes from the interior due to an interaction with chlorinated water, leading to unexpected, premature breakage. Both types of broken pipe constitute an emergency.
Gas leaks are always emergencies. Evacuate your home without turning on any electrical devices and call the gas company from a neighbor’s house or another safe location. They will shut off gas to your home. Later, a plumber will repair the gas line.
What You Need to Store in Your Plumbing Emergency Kit
Your plumbing emergency kit should include a plunger and a lot of information. For toilet or drain clogs, try to plunge the problem drain first. You may also try a hair remover, which is a long piece of barbed plastic that you can pull hair from a tub or shower drain with. If these don’t work, contact a plumber.
If you have burst pipe, you need to know where your main water cutoff valve is located. Shut off the water to your home immediately to mitigate damage from the pipe. Place directions to this valve in a spot where everyone in your family can find it, including babysitters or house sitters.
The Most Important Addition to Your Kit
The most important thing to have in your kit for a plumbing emergency is the phone number of the gas company and the plumber. You cannot shut off the gas to your home yourself. Therefore, you need to call the gas company if you have a leak in your home. Keep the plumber’s number on hand for calling after the gas company allows you to or to respond to an emergency for burst pipes or other emergencies.
Keep Best Service Plumber in Mind for a Plumbing Emergency or Routine Service
Make Best Service Plumber your first choice when you need a plumber for an emergency. While we have an online contact form, don’t use this for emergencies. Phone us 24/7 if you have a plumbing emergency at 951-338-6921. We’ll dispatch a plumber for your emergency as quickly as possible to restore your home’s water system.