A plumbing emergency and how to prepare
A plumbing emergency is something no one wants to have to deal with but unfortunately they happen often. And they can be very costly.
However, there are things that you can do to prepare and make dealing with the emergency easier should one happen.
Here is how you should prepare for a plumbing emergency before it even happens.
Knowing where all water valves are located such as:
- main water line
- kitchen sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator
- bathroom sinks, shower or bathtub, and toilets
- water heater
- washing machine
- water softeners
And you should also regularly test for proper function of these shut off valves.
Knowing where all gas shut off valves, if you have any, are located such as:
- main gas line
- water heater
- gas fire place
- any gas appliances
Check these shut off valves regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
Take time time to learn where plumbing is located in your home.
Have buckets to catch water from any leaks as well as old towels, cleaning products and even a shop vac to clean any water that may end up flooding floors due to leaks.
Have a plumbing emergency plan in place which should include plumbers contact information.
Keep some bottle water for drinking in the case that you have to go without water for any period of time.
There are also some dangers when it comes to a plumbing emergency that you should be aware of.
Avoid touching any sewage water as it does contain human waste and it is hazards to your heath.
Avoid touching any water that is discolored or has an odor because it could be contaminated and cause health issues.
Unless absolutely necessary a plumber would rather you not touch or clean up any water at all.