on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM
A plumbing emergency can occur at anytime and for a number of reasons. A leaky faucet or plugged toilet are some of the more common minor problems that arise in most households. For the major emergencies, though, you need to be prepared. Ignoring the possibility of such emergencies can result in flooded basement, hours of cleanup time, damaged goods, and, most irritatingly, lost expenses. Suffice it to say that every household needs to make preparations for combating severe water leakages.
Preparing for plumbing emergencies is as easy as dedicating several hours on the whole to learning the location of some key things in your household. For one, you need to know where your main water supply comes from, where your valves are, and who to contact in case of an emergency.
Here is guide on how and where to start with your preparations.
Know Your Water Supply Fixtures
Every household has a main shutoff valve that connects to the individual water fixtures. In almost all American homes, this main shutoff valve is located outside, by the water meter. Locate this fixture, and ensure that all adults in your household know precisely where it is and how to turn it off. If you cannot locate the source of the leakage or the faulty fixture, you will need to cut off your main water supply to prevent further damage to your home.
Find Those Shutoff Valves
It is important to know where your shutoff valves are. In most cases, the shutoff valves are located underneath the fixtures in question. For some homes, however, they can be found in basements and crawlspaces. For example, you can find the shutoff valves for your faucets, toilets, and other fixtures underneath the sink. For the washing machine, the valves are located where the house supply line meets the washer hoses. If you can pinpoint a leakage to a single fixture, cut the water supply. This can be done, most often, by turning the valve counter-clockwise. As a rule of thumb, locate your shutoff valves to avoid frantic searches.
Contact Your Plumber Right Away
Don’t wait for your basement to flood before contacting a plumber. Knowing just when to contact your plumber is an important aspect of preparing for plumbing emergencies. In fact, you should be able to easily access your plumber’s phone number. Consider placing the number on your fridge for everyone in your household.
Invest in an Alternative Pump
If you don’t already own one, a sump pump is a great tool to have in case of an emergency. By investing in both a sump pump and a back up sump pump, you secure your home against basement floods. A sump pump continues to work even when you’re not. So you can rest assured knowing that your basement is alright when no one is available to address the plumbing emergency.
Learn More About Plumbing Emergencies
There are plenty of excellent resources—in libraries and bookstores—that can provide you with step by step illustrated guides on where to find the shutoff valves on your fixtures. These could be of great emergency prep assistance. In addition, you can contact a nearby professional or plumber.
With proper installation, most plumbing problems can fortunately be resolved with relative ease. However, to avoid any issues and a possible basement flood, you should take early measures by locating your shutoff valves.
Finally, invest in an alternative pump. You could potential avoid large cleanups, damaged possessions, and lost expenses with a sump pump.
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