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Flooded Halls And Plumbing Emergencies That Aren't So Jolly: 4 Tips To Deal With Problems While The Plumber's Away For Holiday

It is once again the busy holiday season, and as the end of the year gets closer, people all over the country are traveling, visiting family, or just away for the holidays. Unfortunately, this often means that repair services and contractors are often too busy or away, too. If you have a plumbing emergency and your halls are being flooded instead of decked with bells of holly, you will need to know how to handle these situations on your own. Here are some tips to deal with the not-so-jolly messes that pipes make while the plumber is away for the holidays.

1. Shutting Off the Water When Pipes Burst in Cold Weather

The water shut-off valves of your plumbing may be in various locations, and you will need to know where they are if you ever have to deal with burst pipes. The main shut-off is outside of your home near the water main, but you may need to have a key to turn it off here. There should also be shut-off valves located inside your home to turn off the water to different areas of the plumbing system.

2. Clever Ways to Remove Water During Winter Plumbing Disasters

When you have a problem that causes flooding, like burst pipes, you will want to get the water out as soon as possible. Professional plumbers and restoration services use commercial submersible pumps to get the job done, which is something that you may not have. Think of clever ways to remove the water. Some of the things that you can use to get floodwater out quickly include:

  • Garden hoses to siphon the water out
  • Wet and dry shop vacuums to suck the water up
  • Spare above ground pool or garden pond pumps

These are just a few of the things that you can use to get water out. You may want to use other things that you have around your home to help get the water out quickly.

3. Having the Right Materials to Do DIY Plumbing Repairs When You Need To

There may be some repairs that you need to do on your own to deal with your holiday plumbing problems. It is important that you have the common plumbing materials and tools to deal with issues like clogged drains or leaking water lines in the bathroom. Make sure that you have wrenches, extra connections, and pipe, as well as plungers, snakes and a roll of Teflon tape to seal connections around water lines.

4. Septic and Sewer Maintenance to Avoid Smelly Plumbing Problems This Winter

The septic system or sewer lines outside of your home can also be the cause of holiday plumbing problems. First, if you have a septic system for waste treatment, it is a good idea to have the tank pumped before you have a full house. In addition, if you have problems with slow drains due to stopped up sewer lines, have them cleaned or repaired to prevent problems while you have guests.

These are some tips to help deal with the not-so-jolly messes of plumbing disasters while the plumber is away. If you need help with repairs this holiday season, contact a commercial flood damage repair service for help with cleaning up messes from winter plumbing problems.   

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