What to Do if There Is a Water Emergency

Whether it’s a burst pipe, a water heater mishap, stormwater, or sewage back flowing into your basement, a few situations are more unnerving than watching a massive amount of water pour into your home.

If you have flooding inside your home, you’ve made the call and the plumbing and water damage restoration team is on the way, but what do you do until help arrives?

Safety first. If you don’t feel safe in the house, get out! There could be a danger of slipping and falling, not to mention electrical hazards.

Shut off the main water supply valve immediately. Obviously, it’s good to know ahead of time exactly where the shutoff valve is located.

If it’s safe to do so, turn off the electricity to flooded rooms. Do not walk or wade through water to reach the breaker box. You could be shocked or worse.

If you can safely get to your sump pump, and the electricity is still on, check your sump pump to see if you can get it operating. Pull up on the float switch and check to see if the electrical cord or a foreign object has prevented the float switch from turning on. If your basement is flooded, a working sump pump is the fastest way to get the water out.

If it’s safe inside, start removing excess water by mopping and blotting the floors. Be sure to wipe water from wood furniture to keep it from getting damaged – and prop up wet upholstery and cushions for drying.

Don't use the TV or household appliances and don’t use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

Put family heirlooms, art, and other pricey objects in a safe, dry place.

Hang wet fabrics and leather items out to dry.

Create a barrier between the soaked carpet and furniture legs (use a margarine container or lid, aluminum foil, wood blocks, etc.). Make sure there are no books, magazines, rugs, or other colored items that can “bleed” on the carpet.

Do NOT use your household vacuum to remove water. Only use an approved wet/dry vacuum to extract water.

Get the air circulating. Use ceiling fans (but not if the ceiling is wet) or A/C in the summer to begin the drying process.

It is best to research plumbers/water restoration experts ahead of time – that way, you’ll have a phone number on hand before an emergency appears.

For Plumbing Emergencies, you should contact JCN Plumbing, if you live in South Florida. We have over 20 years of experience, and most importantly, WE ARE INSURED!

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