What to Do If Your House is Flooding

What to Do If Your House is Flooding

When it comes to flooding in your home, you will never be fully prepared for this unforeseen disaster. There are some important steps to know to keep your family and possessions as safe as possible. Many ways that water can enter the home is from broken pipes, melting snow, clogged sewers, heavy storms and so on. At Wickstrom Plumbing, our number one goal is to provide honest and professional plumbing services to residential and commercial customers.

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Eight Easy Steps For Handling a Flood

If your home has flooded, there is no need to panic. Before you handle the situation, you need to determine if you should call an emergency plumber or not. If it’s just a minor flood, follow these easy steps; but if it’s a major flood, please call us. Our phones are open 24/7 for situations like these.

Step One:

Once that flood occurs, you will want to remove all the water as quick as possible. Many people have a sump pump ready on hand to remove the water, especially if you have a home with a basement. The removal of the water will minimize the damage.

Step Two:

Contact your insurance agent to file a claim. If your insurance will cover your damages, they will have an adjuster get in touch with you to discuss the damages.

Step Three:

If there is contaminated mud on the floors, shovel out as much as possible. A garden hose can be used to spray it off of hard surfaces.

Step Four:

You will want to disinfect and scrub clean hard surfaces with a heavy duty cleaner. Then you will want to take 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water to use to clean all of the germs from the flooding.

Step Five:

Throw away all damaged items that can not be saved such as mattresses and furniture. Anything that can be washed can be washed in hot water and dryed with hot heat.

Step Six:

Inspect your electrical system and heating and cooling systems. We can refer a plenty of great electricians.

Step Seven:

If the carpeting, vinyl or wood floors are damaged, those will have to be removed and replaced.

Step Eight:

If you have a private sewer system it can be very hazardous for homeowners. Your drinking water can become contaminated. There could be high amounts of viruses and bacteria present in the home.

If you aren’t comfortable handling your home flooding, let Wickstrom Plumbing help out. Our emergency plumbing services are available 24/7 to assist you with your plumbing and drainage needs-day or night!

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Emergency Plumbing 101


Boise PlumberPlumbing is a necessity that many take for granted in this modern culture. Once a person experiences a plumbing issue such as a backed up toilet or backed up pipes, they then realize how important a functioning plumbing system really is.

Most of the time, these plumbing emergencies are unpredictable and out of the average person’s control. Fortunately, there are services to solve these types of problems and maintenance methods to prevent plumbing emergencies like this.

This is where the convenience of emergency plumbing comes into play, as it can be very difficult to have no access to the toilet for an extended period of time. Also, there are many advantages that come with emergency plumbing.

Advantages of Emergency Plumbing

Emergency plumbers are available 24/7, meaning 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This type of availability is necessary for serious plumbing problems that need to be taken care of right away. No one wants to wait hours before they are able to go to the bathroom.

Another great advantage of emergency plumbing is that they work quick and get the problem fixed fast. Emergency plumbers are also guaranteed to be fully licensed and certified, giving the plumbing problem a high-quality fix.

Certain emergency plumbers offer services at a very reasonable price. Overall, emergency plumbers are basically the top of the line plumbers. They can be very convenient on non-workdays such as Sunday and holidays, as they are available 24/7. A very large majority of plumbers aren’t available during these days. Sometimes it seems that misfortune makes these type of incidents happen on these non-workdays.

This is no longer a problem, thanks to emergency plumbing. It’s important to do maintenance check-ups in order to prevent an emergency plumbing incident.

Preventing and Emergency Plumbing Incident

As always, it’s important to not flush certain items down the toilet. This includes things such as q-tips, cotton balls, Boise Emergency Plumbing 1tampons and other items. Using too much toilet paper can also eventually create an emergency plumbing problem. It’s also wise to have a plumber do maintenance on a plumbing system.

This includes things like using a “snake” to unclog blockages in the plumbing pipes. Many don’t realize it, but overtime, dirt and tree roots can accumulate in pipes.

It may not cause it problem at first, but in time it will. Maintenance check-ups will prevent future plumbing problems.

For an Emergency Plumbing job in the Boise area, Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling is the company for you! Call (208) 350-6413 and get the experts on it.