A plumbing crisis is something that is an essential service in the industry. Due to the nature of plumbing, with many distinct and unique individual parts design to control and facilitate the smooth flow and drainage of water, emergencies are not uncommon. Water is a liquid that is a challenge to manage; it is the most common solvent in the world and can be attributed to the most property damage. While water lays ruin to homes, businesses and entire districts and cities, it is also responsible for more modest damages wrought by sewage water, backups, clogs, leaky pipes, overflowing toilets and so on.
There is a reason why property managers everywhere tell their tenants to call immediately if there is a problem with plumbing in apartments, condos and other types of properties, because even a small leak can cause hundreds if not thousands worth in damages. It is important to remember, first and foremost, to keep your cool when your residential or commercial plumbing facilities are malfunctioning. Panicking may prove to only exacerbate the situation, especially if a well-intended amateur fix causes more damages.
What you can do to immediately 'stop the bleeding' for toilets, kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks is to locate the water valve and turn it to stop the flow of incoming water. It is far from a permanent and reliable fix, but it is the best thing a property owner can do to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. However, just because flooding caused by a clogged drain is stabilized, we urge you not to accept a level of comfort with your plumbing mishap. There could be damage being done in parts of your property that you cannot currently see.
Continuing the example of a clogged drain, you may first try using a professional-grade plunger. There are all kinds of plungers on the market. Unfortunately, many are designed specifically to blend in well with the aesthetic of the bathroom, which often translates to poor plunging performance. Invest in a strong plunger, but if that fails, then it really is time to call in an experienced, well-trained plumbing company to auger or 'snake' the drain. They will have a wide variety of industrial-strength tools to get the job done.
Of course, this scenario may be much more serious than a clogged drain or leaky faucet. You may have a burst pipe, which is a plumbing emergency demanding immediate attention.