Plumbing Emergencies: What To Do Till The Plumber Arrives

Unfortunately, plumbing emergencies can occur unexpectedly and during the most inconvenient of times. Though there are signs of imminent issues you can watch for and preventative steps you can take to decrease your chances of experiencing a plumbing disaster, these situations are not completely avoidable.

When it comes to a plumbing emergency, fast action is the key to preventing further damage to your property and avoiding irreversible damage to your plumbing system. Boston Drain Company is dedicated to providing our local community with real emergency plumbing service – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our friendly and highly qualified plumbing experts are strategically located throughout Eastern Massachusetts with fully equipped trucks so they can reach you quickly and provide efficient plumbing services – from pipe repairs to sewer and drain cleaning – in the case of a plumbing emergency.

Here’s some immediate damage control you can do during 3 of the most common plumbing emergencies. Immediately after following these steps call Boston Drain Company at 617-265-8888 to request emergency service in your area.


Burst Pipes

Water damage and flooding are the major threats here so stop the flow off at its source! Locate the main shutoff valve to and close it to stop all water supply to the fixtures. Next, turn on cold water taps to drain pipes of trapped water and steam.



Close the shutoff valve for the leaky fixture and do a quick visual check to locate any additional signs of pipe damage. You can also check the fixture’s trap for debris, hair, soap scum, and food particles that might cause the fixture to overflow.


Clogged Drains, Toilets, & Sinks

Try to lift, loosen, or break up the clog with a plunger if you notice your toilet, sink, shower, or other drains are backed up. Be sure not to pour additional water in drains, flush the toilet, or add drain cleaners to prevent the problem from getting worse before we get there!

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