In the pipeline - DIY Plumbing Tip #1 - How to reduce the chance of flooding

September 16 2013

One thing we all dread… coming home to a flooded unit, apartment or house. 

There’s no one single way to prevent these catastrophes from happening, but by following a few simple steps you could greatly reduce the chance.


Just like in preparation for other emergencies, you should always familiarise yourself with the emergency exits and protocols around you.

By understanding and familiarising yourself with the below points it is possible to minimise potential water damage to your valued home and belongings.


1. Know exactly where the main water meter is located.

2. Find out where the hot water service shut off tap is located.

3. Identify the value of towels. Towels can be laid quickly on the floor to reduce flooding/divert water flow when a water pipe bursts.

4. Always have access to plastic containers or even a wheelie bin (these can be used in a plumbing emergency when water is leaking

from a ceiling, possibly from a roof leak or a burst water pipe).

5. Use the kitchen broom to sweep water flow to reduce water damage and the need for insurance claims

6. Use a dustpan and broom to scoop up water lying on the floor to prevent water leaking into property/area below.


Planned maintenance is the key and by having a planned maintenance schedule, 

you could save a lot of time, stress and money.


Some items to consider as part of a planned maintenance schedule should be;

1. Gutter cleaning to prevent water overflowing from gutter line.

2. Roof cleaning especially if large trees overhang the property.

3. Stormwater drainage cleaning to prevent blockages.

4. Pressure testing of water pipes to identify weak areas prior to unexpected bursting.


Here at Webb Plumbing Services we offer a wide range of maintenance works that can be tailored to suit you and your property, AND… we’ll even take care of the scheduling to save you the headache.


You can save time and money by making right decisions whether in an emergency plumbing situation or by carefully planning your preventative plumbing maintenance.

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