Water Emergency? What to do Until Help Arrives

Whether it’s a burst pipe or a water heater mishap, few situations are more unnerving than watching a massive amount of water pour into your home. Even a smaller leak is nothing to snort at. The plumbing and water damage restoration team is on the way… but what do you do until help arrives? Here are some tips from ROTO-ROOTER’s Minneapolis plumbing experts:

  • 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 valve immediately. Obviously, it’s good to know ahead of time exactly where the shutoff valve is located.
  • 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.
  • Create a barrier between 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.
  • Don't use the TV or household appliances and don’t use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. If a room’s ceiling is sagging, don’t go in!
  • Do NOT use your household vacuum to remove 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.
  • Put family heirlooms, art and other pricey objects in a safe, dry place.
  • Hang wet fabrics and leather items out to dry.

Of course, it’s best to research plumbers/water restoration experts ahead of time – that way, you’ll have a phone number on hand before an emergency ever strikes!

For more Minneapolis plumbing tips, water restoration advice, or instructional videos, visit ROTO-ROOTER Minneapolis and our Google+ page.

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