Watching out for plumbing problems and maintaining your household plumbing can help with preventing emergencies, but plumbing emergencies can and probably will still happen. If you're well-prepared for these emergencies, though, they will not seem as much like a big deal. Additionally, being prepared will help you handle these emergency situations calmly and can help minimize damage in your home. The following steps will help you to be prepared:

1. Know a Good Emergency Plumber

First, you probably aren't going to be able to handle your household plumbing emergencies alone if you don't have a plumbing background. You don't want to find yourself looking online for a plumber to call in the middle of the night when you're in the middle of a plumbing emergency, so try to find a good emergency plumber before there is an emergency. Make sure this is someone who offers 24-hour plumbing services, since plumbing emergencies unfortunately don't just happen during the day. Save his or her phone number in your smartphone, or post it on your refrigerator or another easy-to-find place so that you can call for help quickly in an emergency.

2. Keep a Few Supplies on Hand

Having a few basic supplies on hand will help you temporarily handle plumbing emergencies if they do happen. For example, having plumbing tape in your toolbox will make it possible for you to temporarily seal up small leaks until someone can come and fix them. You may want to keep a few washers, basic tools, and other simple plumbing necessities on hand in case you need them.

3. Know How to Turn Off the Water Supply

One thing you should do when moving to any new house is to make sure that you find out how to shut off the water supply if you need to. Look for the main shutoff valve for the entire home first; then, look for any valves that can be used for shutting off things like the water supply for the water heater. Test all of them out in a non-emergency situation to make sure that you know how to use them and that they work properly. If there is a major leak or other plumbing emergency, you will know how to shut off the water supply to help the problem.

Being fully prepared for any household emergency that might happen can be difficult, but following these tips will help you be prepared for a potential emergency plumbing situation that might pop up at one time or another in your home.