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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

How To Prepare Your Plumbing System For Storm Surges And Flooding

by Melvin Owens

As monsoon season approaches, it's essential that you take steps to protect your home from storm damage — including your plumbing system. A little bit of preparation can go a long way towards preventing costly repairs down the road. Below are some tips on how to prepare your plumbing system for storm surges and flooding.

1. Inspect all exposed pipes and fittings for signs of wear and tear

The first step is to inspect any exposed parts of your plumbing system. If you notice any cracks or leaks, now is the time to make repairs. Even a small leak can quickly turn into a big problem when floodwaters begin to rise.

2. Locate your main water shut-off valve

Next, locate the shut-off valve for the main water supply and make sure it is easily accessible in case you need to turn off the water in a hurry. In addition, familiarise yourself with your local utility provider's procedure for turning off gas and electricity in the event of a flood.

3. Install check valves

If you live in an area that frequently floods, consider installing check valves on your drains and sewer lines. This type of valve allows water to only flow in one direction, which prevents floodwaters from backing up into your home through the drains.

4. Consider investing in a sump pump

Do some research on sump pumps and decide whether or not one would be a wise investment. A sump pump helps to remove water by transporting it to a sump pit. This can help to prevent your basement or crawlspace from flooding.

5. Make an emergency plan

It is a good idea to make an emergency plan in case flooding overwhelms your home plumbing system. This could involve ensuring you have a supply of fresh drinking water, a plastic latrine so you can avoid contaminating your home with human waste and having the contact details of an emergency plumber on hand who can help you to tackle issues that arise due to flooding.


By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your plumbing system survives the next storm unscathed. Inspecting exposed pipes, familiarising yourself with your utility's shut-off procedures, installing check valves and investing in a sump pump are all great ways to prepare for flooding season. And don't forget to put together an emergency plan. If you would like to find out more, contact a local plumbing service today.

Reach out to a company like Martech Plumbing PTY LTD to learn more.