At home, you’re confident that the water you use is kept safely contained and flowing in its proper place—inside the pipes and tanks installed across your property. It’s something that homeowners can easily take for granted, because “out of sight, out of mind” certainly rings true in this situation; as long as your water flows out only when you want it to, out of the proper taps, you find little reason to pay close attention to your plumbing system.
Every now and then, however, you may find yourself facing a flooding issue inside your own home. You might come home from a long day at work, or wake up early in the morning, to find that your floors are wet, and that every piece of furniture and random item on it is soaked.
When there’s water everywhere, you can immediately see that your property and your possessions are in serious risk of suffering significant damage. Water will always find its level and its way into every crack and space within its reach, and that could include your walls, floors and the property’s very foundation. And everything in the immediate area around the flooding will be exposed to moisture.
Flooding inside your home can be caused by a few different reasons:
A pipe could have burst. This is a common occurrence during winter because water expands when it freezes. If this takes place inside a pipe, then that pipe will burst—even if the pipes are made of good quality materials.
The sewer may be backed up. When there is a blockage in the sewerage main, domestic wastewater can overflow into the house. The blockage may be caused by tree roots, the accumulation of grease, and the failure to maintain septic tank drains and other sewage system features.
A strong storm. Heavy rainfall can flood entire neighbourhoods and leave homes submerged in stormwater.
Getting professional help
While cleaning up the flooded area in the property is one of your top priorities, it’s also important to get in touch with emergency flooding plumbers Melbourne right away so that any further flooding can be prevented and all the water can be eliminated.
Seasoned plumbers will respond immediately to such situations to determine the exact cause of the flooding and to perform the appropriate solutions.
Your hired plumbers can check your toilet’s cisterns, pans and pedestals to determine their level of support after the flood. Taps and other plumbing hardware will be inspected to see if they need replacing or if they can still be used. Burst water pipes will be repaired and sewage systems, checked. Understanding that floodwater will not always be clean, plumbers will know the best measures to take when cleaning up stormwater and sewage muck and helping protect the household from further contamination.