With the holiday season upon us it is important to plan ahead in case of an emergency in your home. You may be entertaining family and friends in your home and possibly having relatives staying in your home over the extended holiday vacation. You do not want to have an emergency with your water with a house full of guests while all the plumbing companies are closed and enjoying time with their families as well. Here are some ways to plan ahead for any potential holiday plumbing emergencies.
The first thing that you should do is the be certain that you are familiar with the water shut off valves in your home. The last thing you want is the hot water heater to burst and continue to shoot water all over your home because you are unable to locate the shut off valve. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the shutoff valve under the sinks, around the washing machine, and water heater. Even if there is a problem with one of these appliances the sooner you shut off the water the easier it will be to control the situation. There should also be a main water valve outside your home or near the water meter that will stop all the water flow into the house in case the situation is needed. Getting familiar with all the shutoff valves will ensure you control the water until the professionals arrive to repair the problem.
The next thing you must do to prepare against a holiday plumbing emergency is to contact local plumbers and see who is available 24 hours a day through the holiday. Many professional plumbers take time off to be with their families that week and you don’t want to be searching through the Yellow Pages at 3:00 am when your hot water heater bursts or if a frozen pipe explodes. Take the time to contact a few local plumbers and find a few that will be working during the holiday so you are certain to have a professional on call if you need them to your home any hours of the night.
Planning ahead for holiday plumbing emergencies also involves a little preventative maintenance on your end that can go a long way. Purchase a hot water heater blanket and wrap the unit securely so they heater can retain the heat and not need to run as often. If you have any water pipes that are exposed to the cold temperatures wrap them up to prevent freezing. A great tip is to leave the water dripping in one of your sinks so the water is moving through the pipes and doesn’t have the chance to freeze overnight.