When owning a home, plumbing issues and emergencies can happen when you least expect them. Having a plan in place and being prepared for the next time a plumbing emergency occurs in your home could not only save your home from further unnecessary damage but also save you money. Knowing where your main water shutoff valve is and by learning the signs and the proper steps to handling common plumbing scenarios that may occur will benefit you and your home in the long run.
We always talk about preventative plumbing measures of plumbing to keep you ahead of the curve and make sure disasters like a flood in your home are avoided. Going through how to prevent the worst from happening seems to be the most foolproof way to avoid seeing any damages to your home, however, it’s also important to know what to do when the worst actually happens, just in case.
Stop the rise
When a flood happens and you end up with a pool of water up to your ankles in your home, it is very possible that the source of the leak is still continuously outputting water, causing this small pool to slowly rise. First, you need to locate your main shut off valve to stop the flow of water. This is the easiest and most crucial step to avoid having the water leak cause more damage to your home. From here, you can work on protecting your possessions or even electrical before it’s too late.
Protect your electrical & belongings
When there is a flood, you need to ensure that you are taking the proper measures to not only protect your belongings but yourself as well. If you feel the need to remove some of your furniture or personal belongings from the flooded area of your home, you must be very cautious. Before going to get your items and walking through the water, ensure the electrical supply is turned off as this is a hazard and could seriously injure you. Depending on the size of the flood will determine if you just need to shut the breakers off for that area of your home or the entire house. If it is a larger flood that has affected multiple areas of your home, you should off all the power to your home to ensure your safety.
Call a Local Plumber
When a plumbing emergency happens you need to be prepared. Wellbrook Plumbing will solve your plumbing nightmare. Our professional and licensed technicians will come to your home to address the situation quickly and perform a full home inspection to determine if the cause of the flood could have been a pre-existing problem. If you have any questions, are wanting a plumber to check out your home for preventative measures, or if you are facing this crisis, give us a call at 289-686-4695. We would be happy to assist!
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