For things like swapping out your toilet for a newer and better model or tending to a minor leak, you might not have any problems waiting to hire a plumber during regular business hours. In certain situations, however, you may have to call an emergency plumber who offers 24-hour services, such as if you are dealing with a major leak. If you have called an emergency plumber and are waiting for him or her to arrive, these are a few things that you can do in the meantime.
1. Stop the Flow
If you have a major leak, you should know that the water damage can become very serious very quickly. This means that you'll probably need to do what you can to stop the flow of water until your plumber gets there. If it's a toilet that is overflowing, for example, you can use the water shut-off switch that should be located on the water line to the toilet. If you aren't sure of how to shut off the water to the plumbing fixture or appliance that is leaking, you may want to use the outdoor water shut-off valve that stops the flow of water to your home. This can help you stop the water from causing more damage in your home.
2. Clean Up Excess Water
If you have a lot of excess water in your home because of a plumber problem, getting up as much of it as possible is important. The longer that the water stands, the more damage you can expect for it to do. Use old towels to sop up as much water as you can to help prevent the water from seeping into your flooring and walls and to help prevent rotting, mold growth and the many other issues that can occur due to too much water.
3. Make Your Home Easy to Spot
You probably want your plumber to be able to find your home as easily as possible, which can be tough if you call for plumbing services late at night. Turn on your front porch light, if applicable, or consider standing outside and flagging down the plumber when you see him or her. This can make it easier for him or her to find your home.
As you can see, there are a few things that you can do while waiting for an emergency plumber. If you follow these tips, you can help prevent some of the problems that can go along with a major plumbing problem.