As any property manager can tell you, if something is going to go wrong with your property, it’s going to happen at the absolute worst time.
While there’s a long list of things that could happen, plumbing emergencies are one of the most common and at the top of the list. For a property manager, plumbing emergencies are also one of those emergencies that come with high stakes. Between water damage and the danger of exposed sewage, it’s best to be prepared ahead of time with a line of defense and a plan for a quick and safe cleanup.
Safe and well working plumbing are essential to your daily business operations. In rental properties, the importance is even greater as more and more people are present to be affected. Failure to adequately handle a plumbing emergency or its aftermath can displace a lot of people and shut down businesses for long periods of time.
In this article, we will show you our six best ways that you can prepare your facility or property for a plumbing emergency, so that you can fix it quickly and keep your tenants safe and healthy.
1. Have a plan in place and share that plan.
We can’t plan for emergencies, but we can plan for how we are going to respond to them. Know exactly what you and others need to do in the event of a plumbing emergency. Divide and conquer the to do list so you can quickly get it done and minimize the amount of damage the water does to your facility.
2. Know how to turn off all water valves.
Your facility most likely uses city water which means your facility has a main water shutoff valve. First of all, you need to locate that valve as part of your plan. During an emergency isn’t the best time to figure out where it is. Shutting this valve off will turn off the water flow and help reduce damage and danger to your tenants. Can’t find it? Look on your building’s first floor and around the building’s other utility boxes as they are usually together.
Additionally, go through the building and make sure you know where each individual fixture’s shutoff valve is located as well. Make sure there are other people in the building who know where to locate and how to use these valves in case you’re not available when you’re needed.
3. Know your plumbing well.
Knowing what kind of plumbing you have will help you learn what types of potential problems might be coming your way. Keep that plumbing well maintained and regularly inspected to ensure everything from hoses to valves are all in good working order. Additionally, make sure to take care of your plumbing by educating tenants on the dangers of flushing things down the toilet such as wipes, feminine hygiene products and cotton swabs.
4. Store safe drinking water.
If you are ever in a situation where the main water source has to be turned off, make sure you have some fresh water in storage for you and your tenants to use during that time. Store this water in a cool, dry place for such emergencies.
5. Have the right tools in the right spot.
A huge part of fixing the dangerous situation quickly and efficiently is by having an emergency kit assembled and ready to go. This could include any tools you might need to fix the situation and anything needed for quick cleanup.
6. Partner with a trusted restoration company.
Even though you have a maintenance team on staff at your property, chances are their area of expertise isn’t taking care of the dangerous situation of water damage caused by plumbing emergencies. That’s why it’s a good idea to partner with a trusted restoration company before the emergency even happens.
A restoration company will not only have the expertise to deal with the situation quickly and safely, but they will be backed by all the appropriate tools and equipment to get the job done right.
One vital tool that they will have is a hydroxyl generator made by Odorox® Hydroxyl Group. These tools are the gold standard for quick and thorough deodorizing and sanitizing after plumbing problems create plumbing emergencies. With broad UV rays as strong as the sun’s, these generators produce hydroxyls capable of completely dismantling odors and volatile organic compounds at the molecular level. The result? Clean and deodorized air and soft surfaces in a short period of time.
Do you have the support you need from a disaster restoration contractor who has the expert knowledge and tools to restore your property after a plumbing disaster? To talk to an expert about how hydroxyls work and how hydroxyl generators should be part of your emergency plumbing response plan, contact our team at Odorox® today.