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Emergency Plumbing Problems: How to Deal With the Unexpected

When plumbing disasters strike, you can call for plumbing service in Gaithersburg, MD, but what do you do until we can get to you? These situations always cause a bit of havoc, but beyond being disruptive, they can lead to water damage if not taken care of quickly.

Here’s what you need to know about dealing with the unexpected plumbing emergencies that can plague your home from time to time. Of course, these are just things you can do in the meantime while waiting for your plumber to show up.

Zero Drainage

The sink won’t go down. The toilet won’t go down. What do you do? If the problem is bad enough that you’re worried about flooding in your bathroom or kitchen, first thing’s first: turn off the water coming into your home.

If you don’t have that level of access, the best thing you can do is manually drain water to the best of your ability until a technician can show up. If the water isn’t rising quickly, the issue should be stable and easy to manage while you wait.

Leaking Water Heater

Your water heater is supposed to leak a very small amount of water out of a valve towards the bottom of the tank. However, this isn’t supposed to flow or leave puddles behind. That’s when you have a big problem on your hands.

Because water heaters build up pressure, you shouldn’t try to DIY this one. The best thing you can do is put some towels down around the area, but do not block the pressure release valve. If you notice excessive water escaping, do damage control until your technician can show up to help.

Overflowing Toilet

If your toilet won’t stop running and overflowing, reach for the valve connected to the tube that runs from the wall or floor up to your toilet’s tank. Turn it to the right until it feels a bit tense, and the flow of water coming into the tank should stop. The best thing you can do is damage control with towels, and we’ll fix the problem as soon as we arrive.

Burning Smell From Your Garbage Disposal

We’ll say it–living without your garbage disposal is a pretty horrible experience. When you turn it on, it should just whirr and run as expected. But if you get an odd odor instead, shut it down immediately.

This is a problem with the motor, and the burning smell, as you might have guessed, is a bad sign. Alert everyone in your home not to use the garbage disposal, and either tape the switch that you normally use for it in the off position, or even go as far as to shut it off in your circuit breaker box to avoid further problems until your plumber shows up.

Let the Experts Take it From Here

You did everything you could to handle the situation before it got worse, now it’s up to us to take care of the rest and get your plumbing back in line. Whatever the issue is, from garbage disposals to sump pumps and more, we’re here to help.

Contact Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today to call for emergency plumbing solutions as soon as possible.