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The plumbing system is one you take for granted until something goes wrong. If you’re currently facing plumbing emergencies, don’t let them get the best of you. Instead, use these tips to get a handle on the situation before a plumber arrives.

  • Natural gas smell: Don’t stick around to figure out where the smell’s coming from. Evacuate immediately without using the phone or any other electric devices, since this could cause an explosion. Once everyone is safely outside and accounted for, call your gas provider with a cell phone or from a neighbor’s house.
  • Leak in the yard: Find the water meter and shut off the valve on the outlet side to stop water flow until a plumber can assess the cause and determine a solution.
  • Leak from an unknown interior location: Shut off the water to the house. If the air conditioner’s running, turn the temperature up several degrees to turn it off. This precaution prevents the problem from the worsening if a clogged condensate drain is the cause.
  • Leak from the water heater: Turn off the water inlet valve and shut off the energy source, which is either gas or electricity, depending on the unit.
  • Toilet overflowing: Turn off the water inlet valve behind the toilet and attempt to clear the clogged drain.
  • Bubbling sounds in first-floor drains: Open the sewer clean-out plug on the outside of your home. Whatever you do, don’t turn on any water faucets or shower heads upstairs because a sewer stoppage is the most likely cause of drain bubbling plumbing emergencies.
  • Stopped up kitchen sink: If running the garbage disposal doesn’t unclog the sink, open the sewer clean-out plug and wait until the plumber arrives.
  • Char marks or visible flame coming out of the water heater: This emergency can only occur with gas water heaters. Shut off the gas power source and avoid using any hot water until a plumber remedies the problem.

For help with these and other plumbing emergencies, please contact Aqua Plumbing & Air. We’ve proudly served residents of Sarasota and Bradenton for over 39 years.