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How To Handle A Home Plumbing Emergency Like A Pro

A plumbing emergency can happen at any time. Do you know what to do if water suddenly starts flowing or spurting out of a place that it shouldn’t? What about how to fix a clogged or weeping toilet? Most homeowners would say no to that, but it’s not as hard as you may think to take care of smaller problems like a pro.


Water from a leak or flood can be extremely damaging to your home, especially if you have wood floors. Being able to address the problem, repair it quickly and clean up the mess is something that every homeowner should be able to do.


With small things like a leaking or dripping pipe or a drain back up you might want to avoid having to call a 24 hour emergency plumbing company right away. If the issue gets out of control you shouldn’t hesitate to bring in the professionals, but if it is minor you can probably fix it yourself.


Take a look at our quick tips that can help you handle your home plumbing emergency on your own.


Have The Right Tools


To do any job to the best of your ability you need to have the right tools. Plumbing jobs require a few specific tools to help you with your challenge. To be able to tackle any plumbing emergency you should have these in your toolbox:


  • Plunger
  • Bucket
  • Small toothbrush
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Multi-head screwdriver
  • Duct tape
  • Rags
  • Drain snake
  • Pliers


Shut Off The Water


The most important part of fixing any plumbing issue is to turn off the flow of water to the source. You should start by turning off the immediate shutoff valves. If that is not enough to stop the flow or the leak is further up the piping, you will need to shut off the main water to your house.


When you buy or build a new home it is important to locate all of your shutoffs so you can easily find them in an emergency. You should also label each shutoff as either hot or cold so you can identify which one you need to close.


Assess The Problem


The first priority when dealing with a plumbing emergency is to find the source. Once you know where the water is coming from, you can start to make a plan. Most smaller leaks or punctures can be dealt with without having to call in extra help.


It is important to honestly evaluate your skill level. If the problem looks like something that you are not prepared to handle, don’t hesitate to call in some help.

Act Fast


It doesn’t take long for leaking water to spread throughout your home and start doing damage. When you find even a small leak, it is important to take care of the repair right away. Don’t wait, because the problem will always get bigger when left on its own.


Stop the flow of water as quickly as you can and then you can start your clean up. Once you are cleared of water you can start on the repair. It’s never a good idea to leave standing water in your home and try to rush a repair.




Having an unexpected plumbing emergency can be stressful. If you keep a cool head and follow these easy steps you can confidently tackle almost any plumbing challenge. Get the right tools, focus on stopping the water and make the repair just like the pros.

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