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Our Emergency Plumbing Leak Checklist

Hey you! You’ve finally made it to a helpful blog. After several frantic minutes of searching online for help, you’ve come to the right place. A plumbing leak can be a horrible experience, especially if it’s in the morning as you get ready for work, or in the middle of the night while you’re trying to sleep. We get it, it’s not fun.

So, firstly make sure you congratulate yourself and take a deep breath. You made it here, and this is the first step toward getting this taken care of.

We’d first like to introduce ourselves. We’re a local team of plumbers that can help with emergency plumbing in Millbury and beyond. See the number listed on the top of our website? You can just call that hotline right now and get someone on the phone to address your plumbing leak.

Then, let’s talk about what you can do right now to mitigate this issue.

1. Turn off Your Access to Water

First things first, let’s deal with the most pressing issue. If you’ve got a large leak or even a small leak, there’s water coming out of a pipe that could start damaging your home if it’s not dealt with at its source. Luckily, every home has a point of access to the main water line with a “water shut-off valve.” This valve can be handled manually, and we’re going to recommend homeowners turn that valve.

This will shut off your home’s access to water at the moment. Sure, it means you can’t take that shower or wash your hands until the plumbing leak is fixed, but it also means that no more water will enter your home to leak out of the pipe that’s damaged.

This is the first step you can take on your own because it stops things from actively getting worse.

2. Investigate the Damage

Take a look around and see what the damage is. Is it a burst pipe? Is it a tiny leak in an old pipe? Or perhaps it looks like a series of leaks that have all sprung at once? This is important information because it will help a professional target the root of the problem and it will let you know if the solution is going to take a while, or just a few minutes.

While we wouldn’t advise anyone to try to fix this on their own (unless they’re a licensed journeyman or master plumber of course), we do advise customers to take a look for themselves. After all, it is your house, so you should know where the problem is!

3. Use Towels and Cleaning Supplies to Mitigate Damage

Standing water can be a big problem for your home. It will rot wood, cause mold to grow, and even lead to unsanitary conditions ripe for bacteria and viruses. Do yourself a favor and once the water access has been shut off, start cleaning up the mess with towels and conventional cleaning supplies.

Don’t worry about the state of your house. A plumber will just appreciate the steps you take in the moment to keep things clean and safe!

4. Convey Your Situation to a Pro

Once a plumber arrives, try to explain your situation the best you can to them. Otherwise, we’d leave it to them. As long as they’re licensed and from a reputable company, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Good luck!

Remember, you can always contact Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric for immediate plumbing help. We take comfort in YOUR comfort!

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