Staying prepared is critical, which is why you need to know what to do when and if your water main breaks. In Egg Harbor Township, this means that one of the city’s main water pipes has shattered and will be shooting water everywhere. Unfortunately, this is more common in larger towns and knowing what to do when it occurs is essential.
Know the Signs
Before we even get to any plumbing repairs, knowing how to identify when a main has broken is one of the most critical steps. Has the water in your home started to become discolored? The first sign to expect is the appearance of silt, sludge, debris, or rust in your water lines.
Flush Your Pipes
While the major part of the job will require a professional, you can flush your home’s plumbing lines by merely opening your bathtub’s tap. If you hear any hissing or spitting noises when you run the cold water, this means that there’s excess air in the line, so run the water until all the debris and excess air in the line clears. If you don’t have any water at all, there’s probably an obstruction that’s closed off the water flow.
Contact a Professional
As a rule, you’re going to need a professional that specializes in sinks and faucets. Having them install a water main filtration system is one of the better ways to ensure that foreign debris doesn’t get into your home’s plumbing system. We offer 24/7 emergency service because water main breaks are a safety and health hazard.
At Jenkins and Sons Plumbing & Heating, we’re ready to help our neighbors return to a sense of normalcy when a water main breaks. We offer several plumbing solutions to help you when things go wrong. Give us a call today, and we’ll give you a quote.
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