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Water Tanks and Heaters

Periodically drain several gallons of water from your water heater. Drain water into a container by opening the faucet at the bottom of the tank. This removes sediment from the bottom of the tank to increase heating efficiency and prolong tank life. This process will ensure that the tank remains free of mineral and rust deposits and will also save on fuel!

Filter the water using a piece of cloth or coffee filter to remove solid particles.

If the emergency involves a specific fixture or appliance, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to shut off the water to that fixture or appliance only. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If you need a wrench to turn the valve, keep one, specially labeled near the valve so it's handy. If the main shutoff valve itself is defective and needs to be repaired, call your water company; they can send someone out with the special tool that's required to shut off the water at the street before it reaches the valve.

Call a plumber or furnace technician to check your systems before restarting them. Check expiration dates and replace outdated kits. Show responsible persons in your household how and when to shut-off water, gas and electricity at the main switchies. Locate the electric, gas and water-shut off valves. Drain water into a container by opening the faucet at the bottom of the tank. Never turn the gas or electricity back on until the valve is reopened and the tank is full of water. You'll find the main shutoff valve on the inside or outside of your house where the main water supply pipe enters.

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Francesca Black has worked in the emergency services field for more than 10 years. More information available at Prepare for Emergency http://www.prepare-for-emergency.com

 
 
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