If you have a plumbing emergency it pays to know how to manage it before you call a Gilbert plumber. There are many circumstances where you might need to shut off your water main before calling a Gilbert plumber, such as a major or even minor leak which can damaging flooring, drywall, appliances, furniture and more.
Shutting Off the Main Water Line
Water pipes can burst due to a number of different problems such as freezing, natural disasters like earthquakes and tornados, corrosion, or other issues. Burst water pipes can be repaired by a Gilbert plumber but when a water pipe bursts there can be a huge flow of water in a short amount of time. If water is pouring out you need to be able to quickly access your water main shut off valve and shut the water off before a Gilbert plumber can arrive to fix the problem.
Before calling a Gilbert plumber, know where your water main is located. The water main is a small knob that is usually located in your basement, laundry room or water meter. You can turn the valve slightly to shut off the water flow into your home. If your home does not have this valve, you will have to turn the water meter valve off which is usually located on the curb outside of your home under an iron cover, which a Gilbert plumber can find.
Every plumber in Gilbert will tell you to never flush anything down the toilet unless it’s toilet paper. Those “flushable” wipes are usually not so flushable and can easily clog and back up your toilet.
If you notice that your sink unusually takes time to drain, you may need to clear the pipes from sludge build-up. If your Gilbert home is quite old already and the drain does not positively respond to various chemicals and plunging, then this us your cue to snake the pipes. Give your local Gilbert plumber a call and we’ll come out to snake your drains for you.
While there are many actions that you can take on your own when it comes to the plumbing of your Gilbert home, in most cases I’d recommend calling in an expert.