Emergency Plumbing Repair – How to Prepare Your Home
When we think of emergencies, we often think of catastrophes like fires, floods, or tornadoes. But emergency preparedness is also about protecting your family from lesser emergencies like power outages and plumbing failures. These tips will help you prepare your home for big and small emergencies and protect your property from damage and your family from injury.
- Know where your utility shutoff valves are located. Some emergencies, such as storm damage or plumbing disasters, require quick action at the gas or water shutoff. Knowing exactly where these are located and keeping this area easily accessible can prevent further damage to your home and help ensure the safety of your family.
- Install an automatic shutoff valves on your water heater and washing machine to ensure these appliances shut off the moment a leak is detected.
- Install wireless water alarms behind the main pipes in your home and a sump pump alarm in your basement to alert you at the first sign of a water leak. Early leak detection is essential for preventing serious water damage and mold growth in your home.
- Keep emergency numbers posted in a central location. If you have to call for emergency plumbing repair or report a gas leak or downed wire, every second counts. Having the number at your fingertips will save precious time and ensure quick response to your emergency.
- Keep your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms in good working order. Test the alarms twice a year and change the batteries at least once a year. To help you remember this essential task, we recommend you check your detectors during the time change in the spring and fall.
- Keep a quality fire extinguisher on every floor in your home and one in the kitchen. Multipurpose A:B:C extinguishers are effective for the three most common types of fires: electrical, common combustibles, and flammable liquids. Check with your insurance company to determine if having fire extinguishers on hand will earn you a discount on your premiums.
- Refresh your emergency kit each spring to ensure you have essentials such as flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries, potable water, a multi-tool, heavy gloves, and basic first-aid supplies.
- Have an emergency plan and review it with your family each year. Cover the safest place in the house during bad weather, basic escape routes, and a meet-up site in case you’re separated.
For more expert advice about preparing your home for an emergency, feel free to contact a St. Paul plumber at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Minneapolis. We serve the Twin Cities area with a high level of customer satisfaction. Call 952-933-8888.
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