Plumbing emergencies come in all shapes and sizes and almost never come at an opportune time (if there is such a thing). If you’ve never had to deal with a plumbing emergency situation of any kind before, you may be left wondering what your next steps are. In today’s blog at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield, we talk about what to do in an emergency plumbing situation, who you can call, and recommended first/next steps. Remember: you can always count on our plumbing services at Gundlach’s Service whether you need an emergency plumber or standard plumber services. Contact us today to get started.

Turn Off the Water

Practically every plumbing emergency requires you to turn off the water, so this is always a great first step if you are unsure what to do. In some situations, you can simply turn the valve under the sink or next to the toilet to stop new water from arriving. However, in some scenarios, you may have to turn off the main water supply for your home. You can find this in the same area that your water heater is located. For most main water valves, when they are on, the valve will run parallel to the waterline. So to turn them off, simply rotate it until the valve is perpendicular.

Access the Situation

After you’ve cut off the water supply at the main water valve or elsewhere in the home, this is a good opportunity to take a second to assess your situation. If your sink, toilet, or other water fixtures has a minor leak and there is no damage to your home, you may be able to get away with running to the nearest home-improvement store and getting some epoxy or plumber’s tape. If the situation is more serious than a minor leak like a burst pipe or major leak, then be sure to call an emergency plumber for plumbing services right away. The quicker you act, the better chance you have to minimize the damage done to your home and your plumbing system.

Contact the Right Resources

Once you’ve briefly assessed the severity of your situation, it’s time to contact the right resources. In most, if not all cases, you’ll want to contact plumbing services like those at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield. We’ll dispatch an emergency plumber who will get there as soon as possible to help address your issue and prevent any further damage. Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield is available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services.

It’s worth noting that in cases of emergency plumber issues like sewage problems, you should contact your water utility company or septic company. They typically send out a professional to investigate and mitigate the problem on their end. Please don’t attempt to address sewage issues on your own and expose yourself to dangerous bacteria and germs.

What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

For those of you who are new to homeownership or have never experienced anything that could be considered a plumbing emergency before, you may be wondering what a plumber emergency is. Some common examples of plumbing emergencies that our plumbing services at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield encounter include:

  • Burst pipes
  • Sewer backup
  • Overflowing toilets
  • Very hot water
  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking water heaters
  • Clogged drains

Our plumbing services at Gundlach’s Services in Bakersfield have seen and handled all of these issues and more. When you are in need of an emergency plumber, we are the team you can trust — day or night.

Gundlach’s Service Emergency Plumber Services

At Gundlach’s Service, we offer more than 100 years of experience in plumbing and HVAC services. We hope that today’s blog has been helpful in preparing you for an unfortunate plumbing emergency. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for professional plumbing services in case of an emergency!