If something goes wrong with the plumbing in your bathroom and it floods, you have to act quickly. The faster you can get the problem under control, the less damage and clean up that there is. Even though there are some steps you can take as a homeowner, it’s also important to give us a call when you have problems with your bathroom plumbing in Bucks County.
Our team can schedule an appointment to fix whatever has gone wrong so that you can use your bathroom again without worrying. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn our top three tips for addressing a bathroom plumbing emergency that leads to flooding.
Locate the Emergency Water Shut Off Valve
If your bathroom is flooding and the water will not stop running, you need to locate the emergency shut-off valve and turn off the water supply to your home. This will help you get the flooding under control so that you can address the existing damage without worrying about additional water coming in.
Ideally, you want to know where this emergency shut-off valve is ahead of a plumbing emergency. That way, if something major does happen, you don’t have to search around for the valve. Instead, you know exactly where it is and how to use it. The valve is usually located near the main water line that comes into your home and should have a knob or handle that you turn.
Now that you have water flow under control, it’s time to begin thinking about getting the problem fixed. You can give our team a call to schedule an emergency plumbing appointment and we will get to your home as soon as we possibly can.
Be Prepared for Clean Up
The sooner that you can get water cleaned up, the less chance it has to cause additional damage. The longer that water sits, the more it will warp your floors, soak into drywall and cabinets, and lead to mold growth. Remember, you don’t just want to mop up the water and be done.
You also need to be ready to sanitize your entire bathroom and set up fans to help speed up the drying process – especially if cabinets and walls were impacted. You may still have to invest in some replacements, but treating the damage as quickly as possible can decrease the chance of spending more on repairs due to damage.
Bathrooms do require GFCI electrical outlets. This means that they are approved to be used around water and are safer than a standard outlet. But if you have an older home, you may not have these outlets installed. If you have any concerns that water got into your electrical outlets, we encourage you to flip the breaker for that room to shut off electrical power.
If you have any doubts, don’t touch the electrical outlets or anything that you have plugged in. Leave it alone until one of our professionals can assess the situation. Be sure to mention your concerns when you schedule an emergency plumbing appointment so that our team can be aware of it.
Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for plumbing service or give us a call anytime you have a plumbing emergency.