You should be able to take some comfort in knowing that not all plumbing problems are emergencies. It is never a bad idea to ask for professional help when you come across an issue, but some things can be minor enough that you could fix them yourself. So what can you do when you have damaged plumbing?

First, understand a couple reasons your plumbing got into the state that it is in. For starters, the pipes may just be too old. Old pipes can become worn out because of the erosion of the surface caused by drinking water. Another issue with your plumbing, even if your pipes are not too old, is that irregular maintenance has allowed some easily fixable problems to go unnoticed. Ignoring certain indicators could turn a tiny drip into a large leak.

Simply put, when you neglect your plumbing, bad things will happen. Slow draining caused by a clog can cause big backups. Backups can cause pressure. And pressure can cause breaks. Too often it is the unknown issue that slowly gets worse and worse until that major problem arises.

Rarely homeowners damage their own plumbing. While there may be plenty of fixes that you can do yourself, trying to be overzealous in repairs can exacerbate the issue. Not fully knowing what to do can turn a simple solution into a complicated crisis. Skipping certain steps, like not turning off the water or not having the right tools, won’t just end up costing you extra time in repairs, but will cost you extra from your wallet.

So, what should you do when you discover damaged plumbing or have a broken pipe? Right away, turn off the main water line. Stop the flow of water to prevent leaks or flooding. Remove items or belongings that you can salvage. Attempt to drain as much water as you can and dry out as many areas as possible. 

You may need to call your insurance company also, to confirm if your insurance plan covers a broken pipe. If so, start taking pictures of the damage and document your possessions in ruins. 

Once you turn off the water, your next step should truly be to call in the professionals. Preventing broken pipes is essential, but in times of emergency, look toward the experts. For more information on fixing or preventing damaged plumbing, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.