Tips for Plumbing in a Power Outage


Tips for Plumbing in a Power Outage

Power loss can happen at any time. Whether a power line goes down due to falling trees, storm, flood, tornado, hurricane, or electrical-grid breakdown, there are things you can do to provide water for your home. Be prepared before these situations occur with alternatives for using plumbing in a power outage. You’ll be happy you did.

Well and Pump Systems

For homeowners using a well with a pump system, you will be affected with a lack of water for drinking, showers, bathtubs, and toilets. Without plumbing in a power outage, you’ll be left high and dry. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a viable plan in place.

One way to ensure access to water is to add a hand pump. Get buckets or empty water jugs to transport the water, and ensure that they are in a place where they can be kept clean and easily accessible.

Place a full 5-gallon bucket or water jugs in the bathroom, and use them to flush the toilet by filling the tank or the bowl. Dispose of toilet tissue and feminine products in the garbage to avoid clogging the lines.

Retention or Water Storage Tank

Storage tanks are made from fiberglass or galvanized steel and work using the gravity method, so no electricity is required. A standard storage tank with a 120-gallon capacity is an alternative source for water during an outage.


A generator comes in handy as a power source to support plumbing in a power outage. Gas- or diesel-powered models are available. A small generator with adequate wattage can operate a water pump that’s providing fresh water to your home. A larger model with increased wattage capacity can also operate other water-reliant systems in your home, such as the washing machine, heating and cooling systems, freezers, and refrigerators.

Other Options

  • Rain barrels: A rain barrel is a safe way to store water for plants and gardens and for other nonconsumable uses in the home. Using one saves you money all year. During a power outage, collected rain water can be used to fill the toilet bowl or tank for flushing.
  • Bottled water: Keep a supply of bottled water on hand equaling four gallons per day for each person in the household. Include water for your pets, too. Replace the water every 3–4 months to ensure fresh supplies.
  • Portable hot water unit: A propane- or battery-operated portable hot water unit equipped with a faucet, hose, and attachments can be used with a shower kit for bathing.

Future Considerations

When the time comes for a new water heater, consider alternatives to electric-powered models. With a gas-powered water heater, there’s no worry about a lack of hot water as long as you have a way to pump the hot water through the plumbing. For those who are concerned about helping the planet, go green with a solar-powered unit, and bypass the need for electric energy.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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