Household emergencies always seem to happen at the most inopportune times! While there is no good time for you to suddenly lose water, having your well pump die or your water main break in the middle of the weekend is especially troublesome. Not only will it be difficult (and expensive) to get a plumber to your home quickly, but chances are good that your whole family will have plans that will necessitate the use of water. While the best option is to get a plumber to come as soon as possible, here are some things you can do if you need to wait until Monday morning.
Use the Water in Your Hot Water Heater
If you've had to turn off the water due to a broken main pipe or your well has stopped pumping water into the house, you will still have water available in your hot water heater. First, turn off the power so the water cools down. Then you can attach your garden hose to the drain valve and allow the water to drain into large buckets, plastic storage containers or, if the bathroom is close enough to your hot water heater, the plugged bath tub.
Flush With Buckets
Perhaps the most distressing thing about losing water is that you won't be able to flush the toilets, because the tank won't refill in between flushes. You can use the water you were able to get out of your hot water heater to flush, however. Simply fill a small bucket (perhaps the ones your kids used to collect candy on Halloween!) with water, and pour it into the bowl when you want to flush.
One caveat: You'll want to use toilet paper sparingly, as this type of flush is not as strong as the flush from the tank!
While you can keep your body clean enough by sponge-bathing with washcloths and a small amount of water, letting dishes pile up can be unsanitary and might attract insects. If you have paper plates, now is the time to use them! Serve things like sandwiches and whole fruit to avoid dirtying dishes.
If you have to cook or serve foods that require real dishes, you can boil water on the stove in a large stock pot to use as dishwashing water. Plug one side of the kitchen sink, fill it with the hot water (adding room-temperature water as needed) and soap, and wash the dishes. Transfer the clean-but-soapy dishes into the other side of the sink, which should have several inches of clean water for rinsing. If you don't have a dish drainer, stack the clean dishes in the dishwasher to dry.
By following these tips, Monday will come quickly and you should have no trouble getting a plumber by then.
For professional plumbing services, contact a company such as Mildren Plumbing Inc.