The best way to deal with a potential plumbing emergency is being proactive in your approach.
This means taking small steps well in advance of any problem so that if the situation were ever to arise, you can minimize the damage and get help as quickly as possible to your premises to make the repair.
Follow these three simple tips for dealing with a plumbing emergency and you will be in the best position to limit the issue.
1. Locating Reliable Local Plumbers
Long before you ever need a plumber is when you should be checking around for one that you could hire in the event of a plumbing emergency. This emergency can strike in the middle of the night, while you are at work, or when on vacation.
It only takes a few inches of flooding water to significantly destroy your belongings and your home.
Start by researching local plumbers with friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Once you get a decent list of local plumbers, start scanning their websites and social media profiles to see how quickly they respond and interact with customers in your area. Be sure to keep the phone number of two of these professionals handy when trouble strikes.
2. Locate the Water Shut Off
In many municipalities, the homeowner has the ability to shut off the flow of water from entering the home before it can cause serious damage. if you have access to that shut-off valve, make sure everyone in the family is familiar with it.
If not, locate the individual shut-off valves for each appliance. The toilet, sinks, washing machine, and hot water heater will have their own shut-off valve in the event they leak and the water supply needs to be quickly turned off. Locate and become familiar with them all.
3. Installing a Sump Pump
If you have a basement in your home, it is a good idea to consider installing a sump pump to remove any water that could flood the house from a broken pipe or water heater.
The sump pump will turn on automatically when water levels rise, pumping any excess water inside of the house out through a drain so that the home does not flood.
If you are are shopping around for plumbers, this is a good time to test them out for quality by having them install the pump and help you locate all the shut-off valves.
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