If you’ve ever experienced a plumbing emergency, you may have felt overwhelmingly unprepared. It’s a horrible sinking feeling (no pun intended) when your plumbing fails. Spewing water can damage your home, your furniture, and valuable belongings – and the damage can amount to thousands in a matter of minutes. If your sewer line bursts or backs up, you could be in even more deep trouble. Here’s what you can do to prevent major damage from a plumbing emergency.

Keep The Number of your Local Emergency Plumber Handy!

We’re your local 24-hour emergency plumbers here in Addison, Elmhurst, Carol Stream, and Wheaton. We’ll make it to your home as soon as possible to ensure that any and all damage that could be avoided is avoided. Keep our number – (630) 352-4458 – posted on your fridge, or your address book. Let all of your family members know where the number is located in case they’re the first to come upon a plumbing emergency.

Know Where Your Shutoff Valves Are and How to Use Them

Make sure you and all of your family members know where your home’s shutoff valves are located. If you’ve got an individual pipe or fixture issue, you may have a small shutoff valve near the source of the problem. Check under sinks, near tubs and showers, and behind your toilets to ensure that you know where the shutoff valve is. Note, many fixtures don’t have individual shutoff valves, especially in older homes! If that’s the case, you’ll need to locate your home’s mainline shutoff valve. Most often, the main shutoff valve is located outside of the home, often near the foundation of your home. Locate this shutoff valve, have your family know where it is, and feel free to test your valve to ensure that it’s working!

Prep a Cleanup Kit

A plumbing break can wreak all sorts of havoc, as we’ve mentioned before. Prepping a cleanup kit can save you valuable time if an emergency does happen. Make sure you’ve got a mop, bucket, towels or rags, and a hose. You can use the hose to syphon water away from your home if you have major water issues. Just ensure that the receiving end of the hose is completely immersed in the excess water, and that the other end is downhill from the receiving end. Then simply suck on the hose to start the syphon. Of course, you do not use this method for non-potable water or sewage, as some fluid may go into your mouth!

Keep Water Stored

If you’ve encountered a plumbing emergency, you may have your entire home’s water shut off for a day or more. Keep a few gallons of potable filtered water stored in case of an emergency. You may have to rely on this water for drinking, cooking, and doing dishes for the duration of your emergency situation.

Remember, we’re your local 24-7 emergency plumbing service here in Illinois! Again, we provide emergency plumbing services to Addison, Elmhurst, Carol Stream, and Wheaton!