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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

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You’re going to have to deal with a plumbing emergency at one point or another. If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency, it is important that you act fast as it poses a threat to your home and your possessions as well. Knowing what to do in times of emergency will help minimize the damage.

Follow the steps below if you ever experience a plumbing emergency.

Stay calm

Plumbing emergencies can incite panic, but you need to remain calm no matter how serious the situation is. You won’t be able to deal with the situation if you’re agitated, angry or upset.

Shut the water off

The most important thing to do in cases of a plumbing emergency is to turn off the main water supply. That said, you need to familiarize yourself with the location of the valves so you can shut off the water as quickly as possible. This will prevent water damage while you wait for a plumber to arrive.

Depending on your home, the shut off valve may be in a couple different places. In most cases, the shut off valve and the water meter are in close proximity to one another. If you don’t know where the shut off valve is, try locating your water meter first.

Stop any leaks

If you find a small leak, try to stop it as best as you can. Teflon tape or plumber’s epoxy can prevent water from ending up all over your home. If you don’t have it, rags and towels will do. Just place them around the pipes or place a large bucket under the leak.

Call a plumber

It is best to call a professional for help after you have done all you can to minimize the damage. Be sure to assess the damage so you can provide enough information to the plumber. This way, they’ll have an idea about the problem and give you an estimate how much the repair will cost.

 

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Sump Pump Maintenance to Avoid Basement Flooding in Frederick and Firestone, CO

Paradigm_8.25Do your have a wet basement? You are not alone. In fact, statistics reveal that more than 60% of homeowners complain of having water in the basement. Maybe they have poorly draining soils or their homes are located where water tables are high. Whatever the reason may be, you’ll need to have a sump pump installed to prevent water from accumulating in the basement.

Once installed, consider the following maintenance tips to ensure its proper functioning and long life.

Test your sump pump

Most of the time, they sit for months without use and homeowners realize that the sump pump isn’t working properly until it’s too late. That said, it is important to check your sump on a regular basis.

To ensure that the sump pump turns on and removes water, add water to the pit with a hose or bucket or turn on the manual switch. It should turn on, remove water from the pit and shut down in a matter of seconds.

Ensure water is diverted properly

To ensure that water won’t flood your home, the sump pump should discharge water at least 20 feet away from your home. Go outside to check if the water is discharging where it is supposed to.

Create backup power source

Sump pumps run on electricity, and it is common to lose power during a storm. To ensure that the sump pump will not fail, even in the event of power outage, we advise that you install a battery backup. Don’t forget to test the pump once the battery is installed, but be sure to disconnect it from the power source before testing.

Call in the pros

If the sump pump is not emptying the pit fast enough, consider calling in a professional to evaluate and fix the problem. It is also a good idea to hire a professional at least once a year to inspect and check the motor and electronics.