Plumbing Emergency Tips

Things Albuqueque Homeowners Can Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Eventually you are going to need to take care of a plumbing emergency. These typically take place at the most inconvenient times. While you do not need to be a plumbing professional to totally deal with the issue it benefits you to understand a couple of ideas and techniques to lessen damages till you can call a plumbing professional.

Strategy for Plumbing Emergencies

Let’s first look at a couple of things one should be knowledgeable about depending on the type of plumbing emergency arises. First, it is important to know where the primary water shut off valve is found for the home. Also, make sure to have our phone number at Budget Climate Control handy too, 505-369-3727!

This video explains how to locate the water main shut off if you do not know where it is on your home:

Leaking or broken water pipes – Turn off the main water valve. Even if it is just a little leak (or for now is only a little leak), in time plenty water can be lost, raising the overall water bill too. Do not wait to call us, for many times when trying to repair older water pipes, they can fracture or beak in other parts as pressure and twists on them are applied.
Hot water heater leaking – If hot water is leaking from the unit, shut off the cold water supply, usually located straight above the water heater. If this cannot be closed entirely shut off the main supply of water to the home. If the water is not leaking into a drain you will need to link a hose to the heater and run it to a drain.
Gas water heater – Turn off the gas to the home appliance. The gas line is either black or yellow and is found alongside the temperature level dial. The turn-off valve is red. Turn it 90 degrees to cut off the gas.
Electric water heater – Shut off the power at your breaker panel.
Clogged toilets- If the toilet is clogged and appears like it’s going to overflow turn the water on in a close-by sink or tub. This will decrease the water to the toilet. Try using a plunger to unblock the commode oneself.  If that does not work, let us know.
Blocked drain – If the drain is entirely blocked, utilize a plunger to release it up. You can utilize a liquid drain cleaner if the sink is draining gradually.
Dish or cloth washing equipment – If your washer breakdowns switch off both valves near the equipment. Likewise shut off any electrical power to the device.
Frozen water pipes – Thaw the pipes gradually with either a hair dryer or area heater, depending on the location. Open close by faucets to let thawed water escape, and to releave the pressure inside the water pipes.  The American Red Cross has some excellent tips on how to prevent frozen pipes in the first place here.

Check out our Albuquerque plumbing repair overview video below:

Let us know how Budget Climate Control can help with any type of plumbing issue at home or at work.  We are available 24 hours a day for our Albuquerque and Rio Rancho neighbors.