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When your plumbing acts up, there’s only one thing on our mind: take good care of you and your plumbing. We want you to call us at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans, LA right away so we can prevent further problems and take expert steps to solve the problem and prepare for any cleanup in your Timberlane, LA home. There are some ways, though, that homeowners can make sure that emergency plumber visits are as effective as possible, helping to address critical issues like knowing where to go for shutting off water and electricity if needed, and knowing where certain plumbing features are located in your home. If you’ve got a busy, active family with kids and pets, it’s also helpful to have ways to manage them while we work. We’re careful about cleanliness, even during an emergency.
Water Shutoffs Can Be Stuck or Elusive
Knowing where your water supply shutoffs are is critical in a plumbing emergency, and helpful when we’re visiting for maintenance, a repair, or appliance installation. There should be one by most sinks and appliances, and it should be working, though often they haven’t been used for years and are stuck. Our emergency plumber can unstick it, but it takes time and would be better resolved ahead of time. There’s the main water shutoff somewhere as well, which should also be unstuck and ready to use in an emergency plumber situation. However, in many cases, the first challenge is finding it. It might be in your basement, easy to find if it weren’t for all the storage blocking the way, or it might be in the yard, often in a box that may be flush with the ground or even buried far below. Housing developments have been known to have shared shutoff locations, where your home’s shutoff valve is actually located in your neighbor’s yard. You can see why, when you have a burst pipe, that’s not the time to do the hunt for the shutoff? Let us help with hunting and unsticking your shutoffs if you like.
Electrical Shutoffs May Be Needed for Some Water Situations
When water is flowing out of control, electricity is often nearby and it can be complicated to figure out how to resolve the problem. Our emergency plumber is trained to deal with these risky situations, which may involve shutting off the electricity if it can be safely approached. Basement flooding, for example, where your power panel is also present, requires some experience to take care of safely. Let our emergency plumber take the lead, but make sure that you know where the shutoff is located for faster action. If anyone has been affected by electrical shock, of course, 911 is the way to go. After flooding, your wiring may be damaged or corroded, and it’s time to involve an electrician to inspect and make repairs as well.
Baby and Pet Gates or Other Plans for Small and Mobile Family Members
When our plumbers visit, there can be a lot of activity in your home including opening and closing your outside doors, so it’s important to make sure little ones and pets are not in the wrong place at the wrong time. Baby gates can be an effective solution, or simply closed doors for the duration. It’s good to have a plan ahead of time to ensure everyone’s safety and quick traffic flow when there’s an urgent situation.
Backup Plans with Neighbors
When your plumbing is in distress, after a while you can be too, needing access to a bathroom, even a shower, or having access to fresh water to drink and clean up with. If you’re friendly with your neighbors, you can help each other in case problems arise, with a bit of access to each others’ facilities in times of need. If not, especially for bathroom access, it’s good to have a plan when plumbing problems strike, especially if they might take some time to repair such as a water line or sewer break.
Leaks in the walls can start slowly, eventually producing enough clues that you call us to investigate, or bursting and leading to an emergency plumber call. Our leak detection team can actually locate even tiny leaks in the walls using modern technology, so it’s always a good idea to have suspected leaks checked out. The same goes for water line problems in your yard, which may show with extra-green lawn growth above or puddles that appear with no rain.
Having a regular drain cleaning service can reduce the emergency plumber visits that you need each year, by deep cleaning growing clogs throughout your pipes. Once we’re done with that, most emergencies will be easily resolved, with items stuck in the toilet drain or garbage disposal. A thorough drain cleaning uses video inspection and a combination of technologies to reset the clock on your drain pipes’ condition.
Sanitary Issues with Drain and Sewer Lines
For toilet and sink overflows or drain pipe and sewer line leaks, sanitation is your key concern. It’s important to keep everyone from contacting wastewater and solid waste, and limiting the flow of these materials to avoid expensive cleanup. Having hand sanitizer or other non-sink washing helps.
Your Expert Emergency Plumber in Timberlane, LA
When you have plumbing crises, don’t stand on ceremony, give our emergency plumber a call and we’ll get to work on it. It’s good to be prepared for emergencies, though, if you can, and hopefully, these tips can save you a bit of cleanup trouble or extra water damage that could be avoided. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of New Orleans, we’re glad to be invited to come to help you with plumbing emergencies in Timberlane, LA, and provide our expert services when we’re needed. We’re always available for routine and preventive plumbing care, too. Give us a call for plumbing excellence, and keep our number handy for emergencies.