Life is full of surprises. That can ring true in your own home, especially with your plumbing. From dripping faucets and tiny leaks to frozen pipes and backed up sewers, a plumbing emergency can happen. The difference between a quick fix and a complete remodel comes down to how prepared you are for a plumbing emergency in your home.

When disaster strikes, your very first step in preventing widespread damage is you shut off the water. Know where your main water shutoff valve is, and each shutoff for the appliances in your home. If you can find the source of the problem, you can turn off the water flow to that specific fixture. However, when you cannot locate the problem, play it safe and turn off the main valve to stop all water flow into your house.

Stopping the water can save you from one problem, but it may also cause another. When turning off the water off in your home, pressure and hot water can rise within your water heater. Once the pressure exceeds the limit, it is possible that your water heater could burst and lead to even more issues. So once you turn the water off in your home, turn off your water heater to eliminate that disastrous possibility.

With the water off, you will now want to drain the pipes in your house. Open the valves for any spigots you have located outside the house. The water flowing outside means that the water will not leak inside, saving you from further trouble.

If you know of any spots that have leaked before or have found new spots where water is dripping out, reinforce the pipes. Use tape, plumbers epoxy, or rags to resolve the issue temporarily. Then have a professional assess and fix the problem.

One piece of advice that holds true is this: don’t panic. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of your home’s plumbing and properly prepare your home and yourself to prevent a plumbing emergency. However, if things go from bad to worse, 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.