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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency Right Now

Plumbing emergencies don’t care about pandemics. Pipes burst, toilets back up, sewers get clogged, all on their own schedule, with no regard for how desperate we are to avoid unnecessary contact.

Even as we all take further precautions to halt the spread of the virus, such as maintaining a six-foot distance from everyone, there may be a time when there is little other choice than to let a tradesperson into your home.

If the worst does happen, here are some tips to prevent a catastrophe.

Prevent emergencies by not flushing wet wipes

There have been reports from all across the UK of sewer systems becoming clogged due to people flushing wet wipes, kitchen roll, and many other alternatives for toilet paper. Only ever flush toilet roll down the loo, and you’ll avoid any unfortunate blockages.

Call ahead and ask about precautions

If your emergency requires the assistance of a professional, then first make contact and enquire about what precautions they will take.

Will they be using hand sanitiser? Do employees get paid sick days? Have employees been briefed on CDC guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19? Does it sound like they are taking this seriously? If not, call around until you find a company that does.

Think through the logistics

Once you have found the right person for the job, consider the logistics for when they arrive. Can you limit how long they will be at your house? Can other people in the household be kept separate during the repairs? Also, discuss this with your plumber to see if they have any suggestions or requirements.

Clean and disinfect afterwards

Once the plumber is gone, make sure to clean and disinfect any surfaces they might have touched, using either diluted bleach or an alcohol solution that is at least 70 per cent alcohol.

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