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3 Ways to Handle a Emergency Sewer and Water Line Situation

Few people expect a water line to burst or a sewer to clog in their Spokane home, but almost everyone can understand just how much damage plumbing troubles can cause. That’s why having a plan in place for when an emergency does strike is something you must have.

The good news is that emergency sewer and water line situations can be handled by almost anyone. You just need to know what to do.

Let’s examine the three things you need to do when an emergency plumbing disaster strikes.

1. Stop the Source

The first step is the most obvious: you’re going to want to stop the problem in whatever way you can.

This will help to limit the damage that it can cause and give you the ability to clean any mess that may have occurred.

If you have a broken water line, then you should shut off your water. Some Spokane homes and businesses have outside shut-off valves while others require you to stop the nearest source of water.

If the problem is related to your sewer, then you may need to simply stop using any connected drains or toilets. This will prevent the mess from further clogging, which in turn can give it a chance to dry out before being repaired.

2. Clean Up the Mess

The danger with plumbing disasters is that they can create incredible messes, many of which can be hazardous to your health and to your building. Cleaning up those messes is the best way to minimize the damage from your disasters.

If a water line has broken, ensure that you clean up as much water as possible. Mopping up standing water and placing a fan on the area is often a good way to minimize the damage that water can do.

If the problem involves your sewer, then cleaning may be a bit messier. You should wear gloves and remove as much of the problem as possible. Bleach is a safe way to kill many of the germs that sewers contain.

In the event of a large sewer disaster, you should generally seek professional help for cleaning.

3. Seek a Professional

The last step is arguably the most important. Rather than trying to fix the problem yourself, you should immediately contact a professional. This is the only way to ensure that your immediate problem is solved while reducing the chances that another problem will arise in the near future.

Once the cause of your sewer or water line disaster has been remedied by a professional you can trust, you can begin enjoying the conveniences of working water and sewer systems once more.

Handle the emergency properly in your Spokane, WA home. Call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. today at (509) 244-9607.

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