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There is nothing more aggravating than waking up to water flooding your basement. All your other plans have to be put on hold and immediate action is required to get the water stopped, the problem found, and the mess cleaned up. Before you do anything else, your first step is to go to your water main shut-off valve and turn it off. Then, call an expert Roto-Rooter emergency plumber to figure out the problem and get it fixed.
But wait—what if you aren’t there? Does your family know where the water main shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off? It is vital that you teach your family the importance of knowing the location of these key home features so they can address emergencies in your absence. It’s a horrible and helpless feeling to see water cascading down the stairs into the basement and have no idea how to stop it. Plan a family meeting to discuss all your emergency plans and repeat this meeting every year or so. You’ll save yourself and your family a lot of headache, hassle, and time by doing this. Plus, as your children grow and move into their own homes, they’ll be well versed in the basics of home maintenance and emergency procedures which will save them time and money in the long run.
Water flooding into your home may be caused by one of several things: a backed up toilet, a kitchen sink clog, a broken pipe, loose pipefittings, a worn out water heater, a broken washer hose, a broken sprinkler line, and so on. Hopefully, the source of the leak will be easy to identify, but if it isn’t, you can trust that a plumber from Roto-Rooter will get to the bottom of it and make the necessary repairs.
Old plumbing can be a real problem. If you are using new plumbing parts to repair something in an eighty-year-old home, you may have trouble getting a good, tight fit. In addition, the new parts are usually stronger than the old are, so there is the possibility of more breaks. If you have a very old home, you need to plan for a whole new plumbing system to be put in at some point.
When you do opt for that new system, hire someone to design it that is experienced and has a good reputation. A bad plumbing design can cause you all kinds of headaches and you’ll have recurring troubles. Ask around and get recommendations from people you trust. You can also find ratings and reviews online to aid you in your decision.