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What To Do In The Case Of A Plumbing Emergency

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You never know when a plumbing emergency can occur in your home. As a homeowner or new tenant there are many things in your house that you will need to pay attention to that you may not be used to. It is important to have a good relationship with your local plumbers louisville, KY or handyman that is capable of repairing plumbing problems.

One thing that would require a plumber would be a frozen water pipe. In the Midwest, we all know how cold it can get at times. If you have an older home and have water piping ran on outside walls of your home they can and will freeze and bust if it gets cold enough. Then you have running water flooding your home. In this case it is very important you act quickly and call a plumbing service. They can come and shut off your water service and repair the busted line and even insulate the new copper water line so that this is not a problem you will run into in the future. A good way to prevent your water pipes from freezing in the winter is to keep your sinks “dripping” on nights where the temperature gets down below 20 degrees. By doing this you are keeping water moving in your copper water lines to ensure that it is not sitting “still” giving it a much lesser chance of freezing.

We understand that not everyone has to deal with extreme temperatures in the Winter time but there’s other things a homeowner has to keep an eye on to prevent plumbing emergencies as well.

If you have a basement in your home there is a good chance that you have a sump pump somewhere down there as well. You want to check your sump pump every couple weeks to make sure it is working properly. When we get large amounts of rain fall if your sump pump is older often times it cannot keep up with all the ground water we get, it then backs up and floods your whole basement. You will then need to have your sump pump replaced and also require the costly services of a water damage restoration company so it’s very important to make sure your sump pump is working properly every couple weeks to avoid a disaster plumbing emergency.

We also recommend all homeowners with a sump pump have their local plumber install an emergency backup battery to their sump pump. Sump pumps back up for a couple reasons. Either its old and worn out and cannot keep up with all the ground water from the rain or a thunderstorm has knocked out power to the sump pump. In either case it is raining and power outages can happen. So it is important to have a backup battery installed to your sump pump with that your sump pump is always powered. I’ve seen it way too many times where homeowners are out of town and never even knew there was a power outage and come home to a basement that has been flooded for days and they are looking at anywhere between $10,000-$20,000 in damages. The even sadder part is most homeowners don’t even carry the extra flood coverage carrier on their insurance and they are have to pay for the damages out of pocket. Your basic homeowner’s insurance will not cover the damages of water or a flood so be sure to have a backup battery installed on your sump pump to save you thousands of dollars and the risk of mold inside your home. These are just a few of the types of Plumbing emergencies that can occur unexpectedly inside your home. That is why you want to be sure that you have a good relationship with your trusted local plumbing contractor. If you would like a company we refer for plumbing emergencies, click the link below.
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