There's Water Everywhere: 3 Steps To Take When Faced With A Catastrophic Water Leak

Posted on: 8 July 2016

When it comes to plumbing problems, some of them require immediate attention. If you're facing a plumbing emergency, you'll need to act fast. The first thing you'll need to do is call a plumber, especially if you're dealing with raw sewage or a catastrophic water leak. Once you've called the plumber, here are three additional steps you should take to help mitigate the damages.

Turn Off the Water

If you're facing a catastrophic water leak, meaning your home or yard is being inundated with water, you'll need to turn the water off to the house. Simply turning off the water supply inside the house won't solve the problem, especially if you have a leak in a main line. Locate the main water shutoff valve – usually outside along the perimeter of your property line – and turn it completely off. Once you've turned the valve to the off position, test the faucets in the house to make sure that the water is off throughout the house.

Put on Protective Clothing

If your plumbing emergency involves water containing raw sewage, such as from the toilets or septic tank, you're going to need to put protective clothing on before entering the flooded area. Flood waters containing raw sewage can contain bacteria that can make you ill. Some of the illnesses you can contract from coming in contact with contaminated sewage water include hepatitis, leptospirosis and typhoid fever. To protect yourself, you should wear the following protective clothing.

  • Face mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt – tucked into the gloves
  • Long pants – tucked into the boots

Clear the Flooded Area

After you have the water turned off and you've donned your protective clothing, you'll need to clear the area. Removing furniture and other items from the area will protect them from further damage and will allow the plumber to have adequate access to the plumbing problem. Once you've removed the furniture and other household items from the emergency zone, you'll be able to start removing the water.

Depending on the amount of water, you'll need to use either a sump pump or a shop vacuum. If you're looking at a few inches of water, you can safely use a shop vacuum to remove the water. However, if you're looking at a more significant accumulation of water, you'll need to use a sump pump.

If you're facing a plumbing emergency that deals with a catastrophic water leak, you'll need to act fast. For more information, contact A & L Plumbing or a similar company.

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