- Your house has two main water shut-off valves. One is where the water enters your house and may look like a pipe sticking out of the ground and going into your house with a valve; sometimes this is a buried pipe and not easily visible (like our house). The other shut-off is the city water valve that is likely located close to the curb and has a gauge inside that will spin when you are running water. Learn where these are!
- Always use a studfinder when drilling holes in your wall. YES, M. DID use one and he still hit a pipe. Unfortunately, the previous house remodelers ran water pipes flush against a stud and running from the ceiling down the wall...ARG!
- Keep lots of sponges and towels at your site for cleanup. Also, the quickest way to get water out is to sweep it out a doorway.
- Open up containers of "Damp-rid" to absorb moisture in the air and in the walls. We used this to speed-up the drying of the drywalls. We are also cleaning the walls to prevent mold spores from developing.
- Stone floors handle floods pretty well. Ours held up like champs. Thank goodness we didn't have hardwood or carpeting! Phew!
Here are pics of the evening's excitement:
BEFORE: M. penciling in my cabinet rails...Shortly before pondering how the walls studs are not evenly spaced...hmm...
DURING: The offending nail in the water pipe
AFTER: By cover of night, the emergency water technician shows up and finds our water valve under an overgrown shrub.
Anyone else have any "water emergency" wisdom to share?! We'd love to hear it!