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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies seem to always happen at the worst possible time. Going on vacation? Hosting a party? …Yup, you can probably count on Murphy’s Law to fill your home with some unwanted water.

The good news is that these situations—however unpleasant—are manageable. Here’s our helpful guide to handling a plumbing emergency.

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Stay Calm

Panicking never helps anything. Even though the sight of water pouring through your ceiling may be alarming, it’s important to maintain your composure and keep a clear head.

Shut Off the Main Water Valve

If you have access to the main water valve in your home or apartment, the best thing to do as soon as you notice the leak is to shut off the water to the entire building to stop the flow. Of course, there are some types of plumbing emergencies where this isn’t an option—like if it’s a waste line leak or if the leak occurred before the shut-off valve. But in most cases, it’s a good first step.

Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Right Away

As professional plumbers, we are used to handling emergency situations. That’s why our services are available all day every day. We know that most plumbing leaks happen at inconvenient times for homeowners, so we do our best to send technicians out to homes to remedy the problem as quickly as possible.

Relocate Any Items That Could Be Damaged By the Leak

If the leak is occurring in an area where you have a lot of furniture, valuables, or other items that could be damaged by water, make sure you move them away from the leak as quickly as you can.

When it comes to plumbing emergencies, the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing have seen it all. We are always ready to provide our experience and knowledge to you as you face even the most stressful plumbing emergency. While it can feel tough not to panic at the sight of a leak in your home, just remember that we are here to help. Give us a call anytime!

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