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Plumbing Emergencies: What to Do When You Have a Plumbing Problem

New Jersey Plumbing Emergencies: What to Do When You Have a Plumbing Problem

Plumbing emergencies can be more than an inconvenience. If the plumbing emergency comes with broken pipes or backed up drains, then you could have extensive water damage unless you react immediately. 

That is why it is a good idea to know where some things are around your house. You should know where to find:

  • Your main drain
  • Your plumbing shut-off
  • Your hot water heater shut-off
  • Your natural gas shut off


Knowing where to find these things ahead of time can help you if you ever have a plumbing emergency. That is because if you have a broken pipe, you are going to want to be able to shut off your water. Plus, if you have a sewage backup, you may be able to clean out your main drain. 

When you have a plumbing emergency, your goal should be to prevent further damage. That means that if water is flooding, you go to the source of the flood and stop the flooding. 

The next step is to fix the problem and restore function. We can help you more quickly than you think. We offer affordable, friendly, rapid, reliable service. We respond to emergencies 24/7 and are often able to complete emergency repairs on the first visit. 

There are some common plumbing emergencies. 

One of the most common is a broken, burst, or leaking pipe. Burst pipes can happen as a result of freezing weather. Pipes can also just break. If you have an older home, you might even have cast iron pipes. They can crack and leak over time. If you think you have a leaking pipe, you want to cut off the water to that pipe. Then, a plumber can repair or replace the pipe. You may also need to do damage control. Remove as much water as possible. You may need to call a water restoration company to help with water removal.

Plumbers also handle natural gas lines. If you think you have a gas leak, cut off the natural gas at the main source. Turn off all electronics, do not use your cell phone, and do not start your car nearby. Natural gas is potentially toxic, so evacuate the house until you can get help. You can call a plumber, but you can also call your natural gas utility provider to ask for directions while you wait. 

If you have a sewage backup, it is important to be aware of health and safety. Sewage contains potential contaminants, so you want to make sure to keep pets and children away from it. You should get out of the area as well. If you want to try to do anything, such as unclog the main drain, put on protective gear.