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How to Prepare for Home Water Emergencies

Suffering water damage from a flood or some other catastrophe is every homeowner’s nightmare. You should always be prepared should your water stop working, but most people are simply unfamiliar with how their own water system works. If the time comes when you need¬†emergency water removal in Roswell, GA, you can turn to Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors for help. But in the meantime, here are some things you can do on your own.

Learn How to Switch off Your Pipes

Before you can effectively manage an emergency, you need to familiarize yourself with your pipes. The first thing you need to know is how to turn off the water. In the event of an emergency, you’ll need to locate the “main water shut-off valve.” While you have the chance, locate that valve and label it, and make sure it’s easily accessible, so it can be operated when necessary.

Learn How to Drain the Pipes

After closing the shut-off valve, you’ll want to drain the water from the pipes. First, locate these valves. They should appear on the downstream side of the shut-off valve. Prepare a bucket for collection, and open all the faucets in the house.

Remember, if you’re leaving the house for an extended period during the winter, you should switch off the pipes and drain them to prevent water from freezing within the pipes and causing significant water damage.

Have an Emergency Water Supply Ready

Just like you’d keep extra food or a backup generator in the house in case of emergency, you should always store drinking water for use in case of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends you keep enough water to last at least three days, at a gallon per person per day. Store the water in a cool, dark place for easy retrieval should the time come.

Whether at some point you’ll need to hire a professional for emergency water removal in Roswell or not, you should be prepared for any and all circumstances. By knowing what to do in case of a water emergency, you can save yourself a lot of money and hassle, and maybe even your life.