Having guests in your home can be a rewarding but stressful experience. Obviously, when you have guests in your home, you want everything to go smoothly, but sometimes the unexpected happens. Plumbing can fail at any time and often without warning. If your plumbing happens to fail when you are hosting guests, here are 4 things to do.
Cut off the Water
Whatever the issue is, the first thing you want to do is stop water flow to the area. Even a small leak can lead to major damage if not dealt with immediately. If you have a small leak in a sink or a clogged or overflowing toilet, you may be able to just shut the water off to the sink or toilet. If you have a major leak in a pipe, however, you may need to shut the water off at the main, which is generally located near your water meter.
Assess the Damage
Try and make a thorough assessment of the damage before calling a plumber or taking other action. If you do need to call a plumber, the more information you can give them, the more swiftly they will be able to deal with the situation.
Determine Who Is Liable
Before you call a plumber, make sure it is your responsibility. If you live in a condo or town home and have an issue with an outside pipe, the responsibility for fixing it may lie with your HOA. If you are a renter, your landlord is responsible. If you are having an issue with a sewer main, a blocked sewer or the main water line, you may need to call the water company and they will most likely send a plumber out right away.
Call a Plumber
If the plumbing issue is your responsibility, you should get a plumber out as soon as possible. Even if you consider yourself to be an amateur handyman or have some basic plumbing skills, this probably isn’t something you want to try and handle when you have guests. Sometimes, fixing a problem yourself may make it worse. When you already have your hands full with a house full of people, you probably want to just play it safe and call a plumber.
While having guests can be delightful, it can also be stressful with even the best of house guests. When it comes to dealing with an unexpected plumbing issue, save yourself some hassle and just call in the pros!