If you're a young person renting a house and this is the first time ever needed to call a plumber, it's likely that you've got a leak, broken pipe or another immediate problem. You might have called a professional who can fix the problem so that there isn't too much damage, but rather than worrying and calling relatives or friends about the situation, get these things done while you wait.
1. Shut Off Water
To minimize damage, you may need to locate and turn the gate valves which allow water to flow through toilets and sinks. This is critical if water is actively gushing from a pipe in the kitchen or bathroom. The nearest valve should be underneath sinks or, if you're dealing with a toilet, near the floor near the toilet. Shut the gate valves down and you should see water stop flowing.
It's important not to force the valves shut, however; if you're unable to turn the valves either way, it's possible that mineral deposits have settled and that's why you can't move the valves. They could snap if you keep forcing them, so if they're not budging, leave them alone.
2. Call the Landlord
Your lease may have some description of how you and your landlord will handle plumbing repairs, but in the moment you might not have the lease handy. It's quicker to directly contact the owner and alert them to the issues you're dealing with. Tell them you've already gotten a plumber and affirm over the phone how you'll settle financially. Will they take money off next month's rent? Will you be reimbursed for whatever costs you pay? Should the plumber contact them immediately to take their payment information?
Your landlord may also have additional information about how they'd like the situation handled. For example, they may not want the plumber cutting into walls to reach pipes or taking other specific actions.
3. Dry Surfaces and Floor
Do whatever you can to limit the damage water could do to the house. Use towels, sponges and even old newspapers to absorb water. If you can dry the area somewhat, that will also lower the chances that shoes will track water throughout other areas of the house. You might put a towel or mat in front of the bathroom so everyone going in or out will wipe their feet off before going to other house areas.
4. Look Outside
You don't want the plumber wandering up and up your street not sure which house is the one that needs them. If you're able to look out for their vehicle and direct them to you, you can get them to the problem faster.
Your first plumbing emergency is somewhat stressful; use these suggestions and count on your plumber to answer questions and fix it all when they arrive.
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15 February 2018
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