Emergency Water Removal: Tips For Being Prepared

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A water emergency situation can arise at any time without any notice. It's important, in this case, to be prepared. Every savvy homeowner will have a backup plan for a water emergency. Even those who are simply renting would be wise to have a plan of action in mind to avoid damage occurring to priceless home possessions as well as to handle the safety of those living with them. Many are unsure of how to handle an emergency situation with water which is why this article discusses some key tips for being prepared.

First, it's a good idea to have a sump pump on hand. Since the average homeowner does not already own one and is usually not interested in spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on one to have on hand in case of an emergency, a small one will do. There are small ones that are less than twenty dollars which can at least minimize the damage until a water damage specialist can arrive. They can also minimize the chances of damage done to personal belongings by keeping the water level low.

Another great tip is a preventative measure. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry. That's why appliances that use water should be adequately watched over while in use. Those who start a load of dishes in the dishwasher or a cycle of laundry in the laundry machine should never head out the door until it is done. When water spills and then sits for an extended period of time, a lot of damage ends up occurring. Also, when leaving a house for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to turn off the fridge, defrost the freezer and empty the ice tray. That way, it won't melt and end up in a large puddle on the floor.

Something else that's a good idea is to know where the shutoff valve is for the water supply into the house or yard. If a sprinkler head comes off or a pipe bursts, the first thing to do is to cut off the water supply. It's hard to do, though, when people don't know where the valve is in order to do it. Making sure that everyone in the house knows where to perform these functions will help everyone to be better prepared for taking care of and preventing emergency water removal in the future.
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This article was published on 2010/10/29