How to Save Water in an Emergency Plumbing Flood

Green emergency plumbing companies are growing in popularity as eco friendly awareness is continuously rising among the public. We are exposed to green remodeling, green moving, green shopping – all in an effort to reduce accumulation of non biodegradable waste through material recycling as well as buying less. But how can our plumbing save our planet? Green plumbing focuses on water conservation and energy efficient plumbing fixtures. Burst pipes, leaky faucets, running toilets and undetected leaks fatten our utility bills and waste gallons of water. Green plumbing is all about saving water and energy for a brighter future.

We don’t realize the gallons of water we waste on a daily basis from laundry to washing up, bathing and toilet flushing. Our lifestyle is not the only cause of unnecessary water wastage, water related plumbing emergencies spend water like there’s no tomorrow. But tomorrow is approaching fast and without immediate action, 36 American States are predicated to experience water stress during the next decade.

Emergency plumbing leaks and floods from a burst pipe, running toilets, and leaky faucets not only waste gallons of water but your money too in the form of sky rocketing utility bills. Fixing even the smallest leak can save 27-hundred gallons of water each year, and leave some extra cash in your wallet. Knowing how to conserve water during a plumbing emergency will go along way at reducing costly water damages to your property as well as save on much needed water.


Any form of leak, from residential flooding to leaky shower heads, cannot suffer delay unless you don’t mind extensive water damage to your walls, ceilings and floors, and then the costly reconstruction of your home’s water eaten foundations. You are probably wondering how a minor leaky fixture can be responsible for the above damage. Well, without repair your minor trouble will escalate into a complicated emergency plumbing situation. Leaky faucets waste about 5 gallons of water on a daily basis, you might “save” on professional plumbing repair, but then again you spend that added cost on your pricey water bill. Running toilets also use up gallons of water. Toilet leaks are hard to detect until they show up in a high water bill. Fixing even the smallest toilet leak can save about 27-hundred gallons of water annually. When you suspect a toilet leak just add several drops of food coloring to the water tank. Leaky toilets will show the color in the bowl within half an hour. Do yourself a favor and contact your local emergency plumber, or if you have some plumbing know-how try to apply do-it-yourself repair to stave off the problem.

Shutoff Valves

Freezing pipes can burst open to release gallons of water on your new carpet. Domestic flood and large scale leaks can be effectively mitigated by you by turning off the shutoff valve isolated to the leaky fixture to close water supply and therefore stop the water flow from the open pipe. Shutoff valves are situated beside or below the fixture and turning them off upon leak detection is your first line of defense until the emergency plumbing service provider resumes treatment. If you cannot find the specific shutoff valve just close off the main shutoff valve to temporarily stop the water supply to your home.