A Guide For Homeowners On How To Protect Their Home's Plumbing System.
Once you experience a lengthy power outage (some last for days and even weeks), it is only normal for you to prioritize the safety and comfort of your family. Most of the time, the impact a power outage does to a home's plumbing system don't even cross the minds of homeowners. To avoid spending a lot of money on home repairs, make sure you don't commit the same mistake these homeowners did.
It is the objective of this article to educate homeowners on how to protect their home's plumbing system during a power outage.
1. Things you need to do when expecting a power outage.
When expecting a power outage, it is best to get in touch with your local plumber. Once he arrives, ask for his help and let him tell you the areas in your home's plumbing system that are susceptible to cracking and even bursting. Now that you know the weak areas of your plumbing system, it is also a good idea to ask your plumber for his professional advice so that you may avoid any damages.
If you have a cistern or well at home that uses link electric pumps, you have to invest on a good backup generator and you must store extra drums of water. Your future self and the rest of your family will be glad that you did because you will have plenty of water to wash your hands, flush the toilet, take a bath, etc. Don't forget to boil your stored water if you are going to drink it, cook with it, or brush your teeth with it.
2. Things to do once the power outage is over.
Once the power is back on, refrain from turning your home's circuit breakers on and tell your family not to use any electrical equipment or devices. Just in case you discover any damages in your home, it is best to call a professional electrician. While you're at it, you might as well get in touch with your insurance company.
If any of your pipes did burst during the power outage, don't forget to shut down the main valve. After this, just look for your plumber in order for you to find the source of the leak.
3. What to do before you evacuate your home.
If worse comes to worst, you might have no other option but to evacuate your home. Never leave your home without checking if your home's main power system and water valve are turned off. Once you do, the next step is to cover your valve, meter, and pipes with rubber or any insulating materials.
Don't forget that your home's plumbing system is a critical part of your house and it is never wise to take it for granted. Use this article as your guide when expecting a power outage and you will be surprised how much more money you will be able to save on repairs.