What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Like with most emergencies, those involving your plumbing or heating systems don’t always occur between the hours of 9 and 5. While you can call Stan the Plumber at any hour for your plumbing emergency in Chittenden County there are some things you can and should do immediately. By taking immediate action as soon as you realize there’s a problem you can reduce damage to your home to a large degree. This is a big reason why it’s so important that adults in your household are familiar with the plumbing and heating systems in the house in the event they need to shut them off.

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Know Your Home

Whether it’s a frozen pipe, a leaking water heater or a pinhole in a pipe that’s caused a cascading waterfall in your foyer, as the homeowner it’s in your best interest to know how to control the flow of water in your home to mitigate the damage if you can. Also, pass that information along to anyone you may have house sitting for you in the event you’re out of town.

When a plumbing emergency occurs, there are some steps you should take to limit the damage as much as possible. Read on for more information about what you can do during a plumbing emergency.


Turn Off the Water

When there is a plumbing emergency involving free flowing water of any kind the most important thing to do is to turn off the water at its source. Every home has a main water shut-off valve and you should know where that is so you can turn it off. This turns off the water to the entire house. Water damage can be a nightmare so the sooner you get the flowing water stopped the less damage there will be. If you are unable to find a way to turn off the water to the whole house then turn off the water to the individual rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms have their own shut off valves under the sink. This will help to prevent a lot of increased damage.

What To Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Call Stan the Plumber

Once you have the water turned off pick up your phone and call Stan at 802–233-5564 letting him know it’s an emergency. Give Stan your name, address and a description of the problem. We will never leave you stranded when you are having a plumbing emergency. We are ready to resolve your emergency so you don’t have to worry about the problem creating more damage and costing even more.

Clear the Area

The next step is to clear the area around where the problem originates. Remove all furniture and other vulnerable objects from the area, to protect them from water damage. Once the water has stopped flowing you should mop up any standing water on the floor and other surfaces. This will protect your home and make it easier for us to reach the problem.

Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team know how inconvenient plumbing issues can be, especially during the holidays. That’s why we’re happy to provide emergency plumbing services to homeowners around Chittenden County, Vermont. Don’t wait until an emergency to write our number down — 802–233-5564.

If you have a plumbing emergency do not hesitate to call Plumb Perfect. We respond to all plumbing emergencies, no matter how small or extensive!


Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

As October winds down homeowners have long ago turned off air conditioners and started up their furnaces to take the morning chill off the house. If you’ve discovered your heating system is already acting up, is sluggish or won’t start at all, it’s not too late to replace it. Call Stan the Plumber and we can make sure all of your heating and plumbing systems are in tiptop shape for the upcoming holiday season. Maintenance and seasonal tune-ups of all your systems will ensure they work efficiently throughout these long New England winters.

Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

Running Interference on System Failures

Dropping temperatures tend to turn our thoughts to the upcoming holiday season. There are lots of entertaining and family dinners that will be taking place during the next few months and the last thing you need is to have a plumbing or heating system failure in your home. If you’re planning on traveling over the holidays take precautions so your pipes don’t freeze while you’re away. Leave cabinet doors open and keep the furnace turned up to at least 65 degrees. It’s always a good idea to have someone check on your home while you’re away. For complete peace of mind, hire a house sitter and make sure they know where the water supply turnoff valve is located.

Don’t Ignore the Early Warning Signs

Consider if you’ve had warning signs that maybe you keep putting off. Have you noticed water accumulating under appliances in the basement? Is your kitchen sink draining at a snail’s pace? Do you suspect a toilet is leaking or have seen your faucet dripping? Deal with these things now, before the holidays arrive, and you can entertain with a peaceful mind. Give Stan and the Plumb Perfect team a call and we’ll schedule a time to come in and take care of these pesky issues for you.

Stressing the System

Having company staying in your home over the holidays puts added strain on your plumbing systems in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Get your drains running freely long before your guests arrive and they’ll appreciate it immensely. Nobody wants to take a shower standing in 3” of water. If you’re having trouble with a sluggish toilet be sure to keep a plunger in the bathroom that is easily accessible. Then call us and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem for you.

We can fix that dripping faucet

Basic Maintenance for the Homeowner

~ Use a sink strainer in the kitchen sink if you don’t have a garbage disposal. This will prevent food waste from going down the sink drain and blocking it.
~ Keep your drains running smoothly by squirting Dawn dishwasher liquid down your drain with hot water at least once a month to cut the grease.
~ Run the cold water for 30 seconds after using the garbage disposal to push food waste further down the drain.
~ With company coming you won’t want to run out of hot water. Adjust the temperature on your water heater a bit and it will go further.

Call For Emergency Plumbing Services

Stan the Plumber provides a full range of comprehensive plumbing services around Chittenden County in Vermont. Whether you need service, installation or repair, we’re equipped to get all systems in your home up and running in a short amount of time. Give Stan a call at 802-233-5564 and he’ll schedule a time to meet with you.