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Does Plumbing Still Work When the Power Goes Out?

When you think of being left without power, you probably don’t consider how your home’s plumbing is affected. If your power goes out, there are actually several plumbing fixtures that rely on electricity to function. Without electricity, you may find yourself without a working sump pump, hot water or sewage backup.

Before your power goes out, make sure you have a home generator to ensure these following plumbing fixtures still work:

  • Tankless Water Heater: Because of their energy efficiency and water conservation qualities, many homeowners now choose to install tankless water heaters in their homes. Tankless heaters work by using electricity to ignite a source of fuel, which then heats water — eliminating water from sitting in a tank, waiting to be used. Without electricity, your tankless water heater will not operate and you won’t have warm water running through your home.
  • Sump Pump: Sump pumps are essential for pumping excess water from your basement. The motor in your sump pump runs on electricity, so if your home goes without power for too long, you may find yourself with standing water.
  • Pipes: If your home is located in an area with below-freezing temperatures, be aware that your pipes may freeze if your home’s power goes out. If the power stays out for too long, check your pipes regularly for signs of freezing and beware of any bursts that may flood your home.
  • Waste Removal: Some waste removal systems use gravity to move waste, which will have no change once the power is out unless your pipes freeze. However, some sewage systems use a pump that pushes waste from one chamber to an outside sewage system. Without electricity, your home’s waste buildup will collect in the first chamber and won’t be able to be relocated, which will eventually overflow and back up into your house.

Backup Options During a Power Outage

Before there’s a power outage in your home, take the necessary precautions to avoid any unwanted discomfort or plumbing backups. Try installing a backup generator and connect to your water heater, sump pump and waste removal system. With an alternative power source, you’ll never have to worry about flooding in your basement or being without hot water.

To avoid frozen pipes, have cool water slowly drip from faucets. If you’re unsure of what type of plumbing you have, contact your local licensed plumber to visit your home and advise you on necessary precautions.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida Today

If you’re a resident of Oneida, NY, and in need of plumbing services, then call the licensed plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We specialize in commercial and residential plumbing, including septic system maintenance, water heater installation and sump pump repair. Residents of Oneida trust us with their plumbing needs because we offer top-notch customer service, no-charge plumbing inspections and 24-hour emergency plumbing services. Schedule an appointment today by completing our online estimate form or speak to one of our technicians at 315-363-1565.