Emergency Plumbing Baltimore Services
We offer 24 hour emergency plumbing Baltimore service. If you are having a plumbing emergency call us at 410-967-6547 and a live person will answer or else return your phone call shortly.
Plumbing Emergencies Include:
- Uncontrollable Water Leakage in the Home
- Gas Leakage
- Main Line Sewage Backup
- Broken Water Main
Things to Do Until the Plumber Arrives
1. Find the main shut off valve, which is a large valve connected to a small diameter pipe usually found in the basement on the lower part of the wall facing the street. The valve is usually lever shaped and the water can be shut off by pushing down on the lever. If, on the other hand, the valve is circular-shaped, turn it clockwise.
2. If the boiler is leaking, turn off its power using the emergency shut off switch, which is usually located on or near the boiler. If you have a gas boiler, turn off the boiler’s gas supply, which is regulated by a gold valve sitting on a black pipe that runs into a boiler.
3. If you have a water heater leak, turn off the water supply to the heater, which is a lever or circular valve attached to a pipe running into the top of water heater. (The cold water valves in the diagram linked to below)
4. If you have an electrical water heater (heater on the left in the diagram linked to below), then shut off the power to the heater. If you have a gas powered water heater, (heater on the right in the diagram linked to below), shut off the gas supply to the heater, which is regulated by gold valve on a black pipe attached to the bottom of the water heater tank (gas supply shut off valve in the heater on the right in the diagram linked to below).
5. If your heater is actively leaking, you can minimize damage to the home by draining all the water out of the tank, but only after you have turned off the power supply.
6. To drain the tank, attach a garden hose to the drain valve, (near the bottom of both water heaters in the illustration linked to below). Drain the water into the sump area, a basement shower, out the basement door, but not into the toilet or anything porcelain. You can also use a plastic bucket; however, you will have to empty it a number of times.
7. If the basement floor is wet, do not touch the fuse box.
8. If rising water has reached the level of the fuse box, do not touch the water, but wait until the plumber arrives.