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Prevent Basement Flooding: Prestige Plumbing


Prevent basement flooding with these tips from Prestige Plumbing.

They say April Showers bring May flowers, but the change in weather conditions is not all daisies and tulips for some. This is because, from here through summer, we're in the prime season for flash floods. That means potential basement flooding and repair costs, not to mention hours of cleanup. However, the good news is that there are a few preventative measures you can follow that might save you from the consequences of excess rain and thunderstorms. 

First of all, if your basement has flooded, don't panic. Turn off your water valve and call an experienced plumbing service immediately. If this requires you to completely shut off your plumbing, make sure not to use your washer, dryer, dishwasher, or other machines that rely on water as the main energy source. Shut off electricity, but if the water in the basement is blocking your path, do NOT pass. There may be open circuits that could cause electrocution. If you are sure there are no hazards, you can remove standing water with a wet vacumn or a mop. However, your plumber can help you with this step if needed. While you wait for help, it's wise to call your insurance company sooner rather than later to report the flooding, and take pictures for proof. 

If this isn't you, here are some practical solutions to prevent flooding:

-Install a sump pump in a pit underneath the surface to collect excess water. The pump redirects water away from your home. If your existing sump pump is 7-10 years old, replace it before any more heavy storms make their way to Ohio this April. 

-Invest in downspout extensions. These extensions are tools that, like the sump pump, redirect water away from the home. 

-Caulk or weatherstrip openings in your basement to prevent moisture from entering your home. 

Of course, even with the best prevention, sometimes emergencies happen. Luckily, Prestige Plumbing is always here for you, offering top-of-the-line plumbing service near Dalton, Ohio. Should you run into a crisis, give us a call at 330-828-8888 or reach us in Stark County at 330-837-7777. 


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