Emergency plumbing repairs are never fun, but if you take care of the problem as soon as possible, you’ll limit the damage and repair costs. You will need an expert for most plumbing emergencies. However, there are steps that you can take to manage the situation until your plumber arrives.
It’s one of the most common emergency plumbing repairs, but one that’s usually easy to solve. First, close the water inlet valve to the toilet. Next, open the sewer cleanout cap in your yard. This will allow the backed-up water to flow to another place.
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Clogged kitchen sink
Your outdoor sewer clean-out cap should be opened. You should not open anything below your sink as you might release backed-up water.
Turn off the water supply to your home. Indoor water leaks can be caused by air conditioner problems such as a frozen coil. To reduce the strain on your air conditioner, increase the temperature to 82 degrees.
Water heater trouble
Even a small leak in your water heater could quickly become a serious problem if it is not fixed. Reduce the risk of more damage by closing the inlet valve on the water heater, and then turning off the electricity or fuel supply. You should immediately turn off the fuel supply if you see flames coming out of your gas water heater, or notice any burn marks.
First-floor drains bubbling
This could be a sign of a blocked drain or sewer line. Your outdoor sewer clean-out cap should be opened. Do not run water upstairs.