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Planning for a Flood

Planning for a Flood

Flooding is an enormous problem throughout the United States, many homes and buildings are destroyed each year due to serious flooding. Being prepared for a flood could prevent a lot of unnecessary damage to your home. If you live in an area that is often damaged by flooding here are a few handy tips that may save you a lot of money, time and stress in the future. If your home is already flooded, call a professional plumbing company. Genesis Plumber could be the right company to help you with your troubles.

Before a Flood

  • Make sure to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with everything you might need to in the event that you’d be stuck for a few days. You should include water, non-perishable food, a portable radio, batteries first aid supplies and anything else you may consider essential.
  • Make sure you have a plan for your family so that you all know how to contact and/or find each other in the event of a flood.
  • You should think about having any electrical units located in an area that is high above ground level.
  • See if you can get insured with the National Flood Insurance Program to reduce any losses you may encounter because of flooding, most home insurance plans do not cover flood damage.

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During a Flood

  • If it is safe to do so, connect a sump pump to drain the excess water away.
  • Be sure to know of any developing conditions, keep an eye on TV news, Internet, Radio or any other information source you may be able to find.
  • Disconnect all electrical items that are not essential.
  • Relocate any important items that you do not want to be damaged.
  • In the event of serious flooding, be ready to turn off all electricity and gas at their source.
  • Do not use any electrical equipment that has been water damaged.

After the Flood

  • The Red Cross Guide to Repairing Your Flooded Home offers a detailed walkthrough in what to do after a flood.
  • Document the damage done by the flood so that your insurance company gets all the information.
  • Make sure all leftover water is cleared from the home by checking plumbing and sump pumps.
  • Contact professionals to evaluate the water and electrical systems in your home.
  • Open all windows and doors to air out your home, this can help prevent mold and mildew.
  • Replace or fully disinfect any furnishings that have come into contact with the flooding.

Contact a plumbing professional for any further questions you may have.

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How to Get Rid of the Lead in Your Pipes

How to Get Rid of the Lead in Your Pipes

lead pipesIf there is anything that has been a big issue this past year in plumbing, it would definitely be the issue of unwanted particles and elements in pipes; thus, causing a contamination to occur in many people’s tap water—making it no longer safe to drink. The biggest offender of this would be lead.

Lead effects 13% of all the piping in North America. And that number may seem rather low, but it ends up effecting a large portion of cities in the country. To keep your family from feeling the effects and possible defects from contaminated tap water, we suggest having a professional investigate your home’s draining system and even possibly investing in a new set of pipes.

Now, this can be a very expensive endeavor depending on where you live and the rates of the professional plumbing service you hire, but it also keeps your family and the families around you from feeling the effects of lead poisoning.

Having an expert check your pipes entails the plumbing service surveying the outside of your pipes for leaks, damage, and the concentrated levels of unwanted minerals and elements coming from your water tap drain. And if your pipes end up being up to par, you’ve spent a good chunk of money securing your family’s safety. Plus, during these checkups you could have discovered a different piping issue that you otherwise never would have been informed of.

To further prevent any lead poisoning or the consumption of harmful particles that could come through your water tap, one would suggest investing in a water filter. These pitchers can hold up to gallons of filtered and clean water while being refrigerated for months. This way you put an extra extension of prevention to ensure you are drinking clean, fresh, and safe water.

The last and final piece of advice we can give is to be safe and conscientious of your water usage. Keeping your drains clean and clear is something you can have some control over. Be sure to clean out your drains regularly and keep up with how much water you use frequently in a month. This self-kept statistics help you keep tabs on yourself. And if any future pipe or lead related problems can be easily spotted because you’ll be hyper aware to the negative change in your plumbing system.

If you follow these tips, you should have a good grasp on your water cleanliness and help keep your community one more healthy and secure stop in America.

To learn more about some lead poisoning issues going on in America right now, read this article.