Common Plumbing Accidents And What To Do Tutorials

Plumbing accidents happen all too often in the industry, and prevention is key. Our installer Nick, with Champion Plumbing, will cover some of these prevention ideas. This video is the first in a series of many with Nick. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding plumbing accident prevention, please comment below! If you need a plumber, please contact us and maybe it’ll be Nick that arrives! 

Champion Plumbing


Watch our Video and You’ll Learn: 

  • Things To Do When One Of These Accidents Happens To You.
  • Step-By-Step Tutorial On How To Prevent  Plumbing Accidents.
  • Most Common Plumbing Accidents & What To Do With Them.


Enjoy this transcript below!


Nick: Hey everybody, welcome to the first episode of Oh Shit with Nick. I’m your host, Nick, with Champion Plumbing out of Eagan, Minnesota. The main thing I want to do for you, the residents, and the renters knows what to do in those oh shit moments. For example, broken pipes, floods, backing up toilets, leaking water heater, you smell natural gas. That’s what my mission is to you and that’s what we’re going to get going with.

What I’d like to show you today is what to do in a situation if you have a pipe burst. It happens year-round but a lot of times we see it in the wintertime. You come home, your whole basement’s flooded and all you hear is water running. As you see right here, we froze this pipe and this is what happens with copper. That’s why you got to make sure every year you turn it off at the valve, open this, and then pull this drain valve. This will drain out all the water and will stop this from happening.

Even if you have pecks in your house. This isn’t a really good example, but it won’t break but it will start separating, pushing all the fittings out. What do you do when this happens? Let’s go find out inside. The proper way to drain this down in the winter is you make sure you turn off this valve. If the handle is going like this, the valve is off. If it’s going like this, the valve is on and water’s still getting through so you turn it off, open the outside spigot, and you go back inside and pull the bleeder valve.

There is a little piece of rubber in here that sometimes gets caught but you got to just pop it off and drain out all the water because if you don’t this is what happens. But just so you know, in the Midwest states where it is cold, pipes burst everywhere throughout the whole house, it’s possible so just be prepared. If something happens, what do you do? We’ll go show you what you do right now. All right. Let’s say you come home and all you hear is water gushing somewhere. You go downstairs, boom, there’s water everywhere. What do you do?

First of all, you need to know where your main water shutoff is. There’s one on the house side, there’s one on the street side, and it’s always with your meter. There’s two different styles. Right here, we have ball valves which is literally one-quarter turn. Then we have gate valves that take multiple turns. Just crank them off, hopefully, they shut off. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but at least they’ll slow the water down. You always want to know where your main water supply is, that can save so much time and energy and less water damage if you know where it is.

All right, everybody. Well, that’s going to conclude our first episode of Oh Shit with Nick. I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned a thing or two. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them on the comments section on the page. Hit that like and subscribe button. Check us out on the web at and give us a call if you have any problems. Right here is the number. Talk to you later and we’ll see you next time.



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